Sunday, January 2, 2011

Norwegian Wood at The One in TST HK

A few members of the Gang of Film -- and me -- ventured out to see Norwegian Wood (2009) tonight at The One in Tsim Sha Tsui.

There's probably some multicultural anecdote in the fact that this is a Japanese film from a Vietnamese director playing to full houses here in Hong Kong but I'm too tired to elaborate on that point.

The film was heavy and oppressive but oddly beautiful. I wasn't moved very much except in scenes where the beauty of the moment -- not the drama -- moved me a tiny bit. I've been told by fans of the book that the novel is nowhere near as heavy as the film.

Still, director Tran Anh Hung gets a lifetime pass from me since he directed one of my favorite films of all time: 1993's The Scent of Green Papaya.

Posters for If You Are The One 2 (2009) and Let The Bullets Fly (2009) -- two biggies I missed here since they are not out in Hong Kong yet! Grrr!

We got dinner at a Taiwanese place in the mall. This beef was good but a little oily. The pork mixed with the rice was really good and could have been a meal by itself. We also got a lot of appetizers but I didn't get photos of those...

Had to make a final dessert stop at this Hokkaido milk-infused gelato place in the mall. Guess what: gelato is just as overpriced here as it is in America. Does gelato translate to 'expensive ice cream'?

Lovely holiday lights in Tsim Sha Tsui near the mosque and MTR station...