Are you going overseas this winter vacation?
For one of my friends, themust include this: watching a movie in the cinema.
She said, "Watching a movie with theoffers you a into a country's culture." I agree. I remember my first movie experience in Kyoto, when I was surprised by how everyone waited until the end of the before leaving. In Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei (three other cities where I've watched movies), most people got ready to leave once the credits started to roll.
A friend who studiedin university told me about her movie experience in Bangkok. Before the movie started, everyone stood as the was played. It was a sign of the Thai people's to their king.
"I'd learned in class about how much the Thai people respected their king," she said, "but seeing that reallythe message."
Going to the cinema is ain itself. Watching a local movie the experience. Imagine listening to the local language, perhaps without the help of . Which jokes do you find funny? Do the locals laugh at the same things as you? What do you notice about the fashion and ? A screen in a dark cinema may things you' otherwise while .
Unfortunately, it's not always easy toa local movie, because not every country has a movie industry. Singapore, , typically has fewer than five local movies in the commercial cinemas every year.
So when my Japanese friend first asked me to recommend some Singaporean movies, I. It was a few years ago, and , most Singaporean movies DVD humour and portrayed a narrow view of Singapore. There were some great , but those were usually difficult to get.
You can imagine mywhen a Singaporean movie, Ilo Ilo, won the Audience Award at the recent Tokyo Filmex. The story, which is based on the director's childhood, . Set in Singapore during the 1997 , it shows us the bond between a 10-year-old boy and his from Iloilo, a province in the Philippines.
Ilo Ilo has picked up notable awards in Cannes and at Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards, thethe Oscars for movies in Chinese. It will apparently be screened in Japan next year. I've already watched it in Singapore, but I'd love to watch it a second time in Japan. Perhaps watching a movie from your home country while overseas will be as interesting as watching a foreign movie in the country it was made.
The Japan Times ST: December 27, 2013