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January 01, 2005
Writing about web page http://www.iamdavidmovie.com
I am David--a movie on Life
You probably have never heard of me. I am David(Ben Tibber), a 12 year old boy and have grown up as an enemy in an Eastern European Communist concentration camp in Bulgarian because of the war. I lived there like others, being forced to break up rocks into gravel under the merciless prodding of sadistic guards.
Still remember, it was the year of 1953 that I tried to escape, guided by a man in the camp. To be honest, I don’t know the reason that I was sent there but I was kept informed of the importance of life. I knew it would be difficult for a 12 year old boy to escape a place like that but it was the passion to stay alive that strengthened my desire and courage. I finally tried.
I succeeded. I escaped that cruel and harsh imprisonment. I ended it and was finally free from it. However, what I only had was nothing but a bar of soap, a compass, a half loaf of bread and a sealed letter to Copenhagen, of which I had no idea. I had to cross the border, travel through Greece, Italy and Switzerland to my destination in Denmark. Facing this long odyssey for a boy like me alone, I was afraid and the memories of that period of life in the camp would once in a while come to my mind but I was lucky enough to get into rides on trucks, got over the border to Greece… I tried to continue with the warning of ‘trust no one’. I dared not to open myself much but kept every fare within and everything hidden.
Surely I have everything experienced and met different people on my way, the ship man, the Italian baker, the girl I saved from fire and the Swiss artist. Among them, it was through this Swiss artist (Joan Plowright) who cracked my defenses in trusting others. It was from her that I found the moral compass, a guide, and that there are people whom I can trust. Then, coincidently, I found…and I told her…. Oh….
Things I don’t like about this movie:
- Saving the girl, her touching David’s hands while praying
- Deliberate depiction of religion-related contents
- Ending is in a bit a rush
Things I like:
- Life: Presumably the story is true, is our life hard still?—ours are much better!
- Kindness: Trust people, kind people still overnumber the evil!
- Love: Don’t be mean to share love and trust!
- Hope: Have hope on life!
See what the director (Paul Feig) has said:
- "The film is about how you get back your faith in people,"
- "It's about overcoming the fear and mistrust, and becoming more hopeful about human nature."
- "David has to learn not only how to get by on his own in alien surroundings, but also how to trust people and believe in their goodness,"
- The challenge was to get people to relate to David's dangers. "Few of us have ever been exposed to true injustice and persecution. It's hard to comprehend that some people must risk everything for what others take for granted."
- "This is a film for everyone, both kids and their parents,"
- "If we had shown the most gruesome violence in graphic detail, it would have taken away from the real message of hope."
December 27, 2004
Writing about web page http://gongfu.zhouxingchi.cn/
Seen the latest Chinese Kungfu movie? The fighting in Kungfu by Stephen Chow is refreshing. This movie has been exaggerated a lot as some of other Stephen’s movies. It is funny. You will see the fast-speed running, high-volume screaming…. The style of this movie has reminded me of Jackie Chan and also of the Matrix. It's comedian but very creative! Surely, as it has been said, Stephen Chow is a master. Kungfu made me laugh anyway on my Christmas day. Want to see it? Figure it out yourself!
The social problems reflected from Kungfu Hustle (In Chinese)