The three movies i saw for this post were THE REVOLUTION OF THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT, FLOWERS OF WAR and UNDERWATER LOVE. My favourite on this list is flowers of war starring the famous’Dark Knight’ star CHristian Bale. i think the reason why i love this movie is because the ones who have been dimmed in society to be immoral, insensitive and basically of no good is the ones who became the heroes at the end of the day. I’m talking about the prostitutes. the movies is filled with the themes of self sacrifice, loyalty and perseverance all standing on one central theme, the casualties war brings. it just goes to show war brings more harm than good. the theme of loyalty can be seen in the role the soldiers played, they are ready to die for their country no matter how little victory seems. the theme of self sacrifice is apparent in the dedication and loyalty shown by soldiers who were ready to die for their country especially the one who blew themselves up to stop the war tank of the opposition. this is also apparent in the act of the soldier who protected the young girls in the church with his life. he ended committing suicide bomb by blowing himself up to kill all members of the opposition who terrorised the church another interesting thing i found in the movie is how some as insignificant in everyday life as a haircut can be so important in harsh times and conditions. the transformation of chritian bale form a drunk to a hero who faked the role of the head bishop came from just a haircut. he was a selfish drug who seemed to care about only money and sex but he ended up a hero and this began with a shave. in cutting the prostitutes hair to make them younger again also depicts the significance of a haircut. his transformation of the young boy to a young virgin girl with a simple wig also goes to show the impact a haircut or maybe just HAIR. but in all i love that the prostitutes became the heroes, one life for another, the selfish ones where the ones who gave their lives to save the other.
REVOLUTION OF RED LIGHT DISTRICT takes a different turn though. the plot presents a hustler in the form of a taxi driver who gets fired and later finds his path to wealth in making sex toys. YES sex toys. the film stands on the grounds of how sex can be such a powerful commodity in todays market. even if seen as an immoral job, so to speak, the money gotten from selling pleasure in the form of sex taking the shape of a vibrator is seen to be highly lucrative. i like how it opens with a comment of the over population in Asia relatively caused by sex. moving on to the sex shop, my comment on todays society and sex is apparent where the sex shop was able to pull everybody in the community together to save the sex shop form the inspector who later confiscated all the sex toys. what i really really like about this movie is where they suggest the old school is better than the new school with the use of ancient traditional herbs and its recognition in making sex better. i don’t find it surprising that a white british-european male heads this sex company. i think its stereotype, you know, British people and sex. well its my thought.
UNDERWATER LOVE, definitely not my favourite at all. this is a pink movie and by that i mean lift porn. so this lady falls in love with a ‘KAPPA’, a tortoise to be exact. like WHAT THE HELL?!! he likes her she doesn’t like him or she tries not to because she’s got a fiancé who is head of the company, bla bla bla, he is hurt he sleeps with her co-worker who doesn’t find it weird to have sex with a tortoise who has a green gruesome looking penis. i really don’t like this movie. but in all it goes to show the power of love even if a tortoise is involved. yes even if puts a tortoise. no more comments.
these are my opinions on the east asian movies if you have any objections, additions or thoughts over these fell free to comment below.