2010-03-15 11:38:35        HKIFF

Director : Chris Chong Chan Fui | Malaysia | 2009 | Colour | 75min

Experimental shorts director Chris Chong Chan Fui's acclaimed first feature-length film went straight to Cannes and won a number of awards along the way. This poetic and insightful allegory uses karaoke videos as a device to juxtapose a young man's na?ve expectations with the reality of returning home to the countryside. Segued into this tale is a sumptuous sequence in which palm is being processed, recalling Jia Zhangke's Useless. But amusing highlights include a karaoke "making of" scene that is accompanied by catchy 80s-style pop music expressly written for the film.

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