Year Without A Summer

History of Sadness

Conversations between Iwai Shunji and Tan Chui Mui   by admin
Interviews 2011-06-15 08:36:45

by Edmund Yeo
14 Jun 2011 from Swifty, Writing


An early phone call from Malaysian filmmaker Tan Chui Mui woke me up this morning. It was 7 in the morning, her assistant passed me stuff before I came to Shanghai so I could pass it to her.

So I met her 20 minutes later for breakfast. She told me she was going to have an interview of sorts for Japanese filmmaker Iwai Shunji's official website.

Like many of my Japanese film lovers of my generation, I was captivated by his works like LOVE LETTER (still a personal all-time favourite) and ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU during my youth. I fell in love with LOVE LETTER when I was 13, that was 14 years ago, and my love never wavered. It was through his influences that I make my films that some have considered visually poetic and sensitive.

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Year Without A Summer

Azam comes back to his village, and looks for his childhood friend Ali. Ali and his wife MInah invites Azam for fishing and a mid night picnic on a small island. Towards the end of the night, they have a game of holding breath underwaterfor 3 minutes, and Azam is never seen again...
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Tan Chui Mui shot her second feature film in her hometown, a small fishing village called Sungai Ular. The film is in post-production stage now.

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