Oscar Lau

A Hong Kong cinephile. 

Favorite Films = the last four films I watched with a rating of 4.5-5★

Favorite films

  • The Funeral
  • Brazil
  • The Dark Knight
  • Once Upon a Time in the West

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  • Choji Snack Bar

    ★★★

  • Summertree

    ★★★

  • The Longest Tunnel

    ★★★½

  • Day of the Dead

    ★★★★

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  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

    Citizen Kane may not be my personal favorite film, but I firmly believe it is one of the greatest films ever made. There’s no preceding film looked, sounded, or was told alike it, and its influence to the future generation of filmmakers is undisputed. The striking depth of field, the formidable low angle and long shot, the meticulous mis-en-scene, the ingenious montage and scene editing, the mosaic storytelling, the enigmatic mystery of Rosebud, the atmospheric score, the overlapping dialogue and the…

  • King of the Children

    King of the Children

    ★★★★★

    Rich in political and social subtexts that require familiarity on Chinese Cultural Revolution, Chen eschewed any explanatory exposition here, the fact that the protagonist had only studied a year of high school (schools were shut down, teachers were being publicly criticized and prosecuted, all historical heritage was destroyed) and he’s now part of the “Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside Movement” (privileged urban youth would be sent to mountainous areas or farming villages to learn from the…

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  • Choji Snack Bar

    Choji Snack Bar

    ★★★

    Ken Takakura played Choji, yet another stoic man amidst his filmography, who wore his pain and resentment underneath his self-deceiving contentment. This film has many side characters with various relationships with Choji, each has their own life story to tell with their own grievance. The major plot involving Choji’s ex-lover is perhaps the most tragic yet hammy one, I was surprised by how unmoved I was by her conclusion. Despite of his passiveness, Choji is a fascinating character with complexity and nuisance, and one would almost say he has the best outcome considering all the circumstances he had no controlled with. That’s called compromise.

  • Summertree

    Summertree

    ★★★

    Starring a very young Michael Douglas, who played an aimless collage boy, volunteering to be the ‘big brother’ of a black kid whose older brother was drafted to the Vietnam war, whilst starting a romantic relationship with a nurse who was married to a Marine unbeknownst to him. All the tangential connection to the ongoing war becomes personal when he was drafted after losing his student draft deferral as he dropped out of school to become a musician. That’s when…

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  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★★

    Added to: Sight and Sound Greatest Films
    Added to: My 250 Favorite Films of All Time

    The Rearward View of Life

    Near the end of the film Yi Yi, there is a funeral, the little boy Yang-Yang (Jonathan Chang) reads out the letter he wrote for his deceased grandma (Ruyun Tang), saying he would like to be a person of showing stuff others don't see, and now when he sees his baby cousin, he would feel old too. Every time when…

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★½

    Added to “2018, Ranked” & “Palme d’Or Winners, Ranked
    Added to: Hirokazu Koreeda, Ranked

    A summation of Koreeda’s works. Abandoned children in Nobody Knows (2004); slice of family life in Still Walking (2008) and Our Little Sister (2015); parenthood without blood ties in Like Father, Like Son (2013); the dissolution of traditional family relationship, from society detachment in Distance (2001) to failure of fatherhood in After the Storm (2016); and the crime of the marginalized people in The Third Murder (2017),…