Sunday, June 18, 2023

Past Lives

But the the truth I learned here is, you had to leave because you’re you

And the reason I liked you is because you’re you,

And who you are is someone who leaves

To Arthur, you’re someone who stayed”

"The Na Young you remember doesn’t exist here 

But that little girl did exist, she’s not sitting here in front of you, but it doesn’t mean she’s not real

Twenty years ago, I left her behind with you”

- Past Lives, 2023


I've watched this movie twice in 2 days. I couldn't get it out of my head after the first watch.

I manage to find a CAM cut and updated the quotes above, would like to look at another scene that stood out me.

Directors' choice to focus on wide shots which follows the conversation in Nora & Hae Sung's scenes vs. static shots with the Arthur & Hae Sung.

This film asks: do you have any regrets, and how do you make peace with said regrets.


It's giving me an answer that challenges what I am or what I believe in. I don't think this is losing myself, but a perspective shift that eternity is well... not what it's cracked up to be.

This film reminds me of a more "moving" (in both pun and non-pun) versions of Kogonada's Columbus, and I'm all for it.

Thursday, May 25, 2023


Standing there in the room where the crowd had almost cleared up after an event. 

She recounted the troubles of trying to work through their differences, efforts. What he said, what she said, what he did, what she did, what he didn't do...

At first, she was still smiling, words laced with anger, sarcasms abound.

"I'm done". 

She said that with such confidence you almost believed her.

"So what's the plan then, with the kids?"

The smile faded. Her brows furrowed. She took a deep breath, looked away.

"He wants to fight for custody"

She said as her eyes started to well up.

"This would be my worst nightmare."

Wednesday, March 1, 2023


I finished "Women in Tapei" (台湾女子图鉴) in December. There was a character in the earlier episodes, when the main character first got to Taiwan. She met a young man who is the owner of a beef noodle shop, and they started dating.

She however in the next episode, decided that she didn't want this, as the man was content with being a beef noodle shop owner for the rest of his life. This was therefore her "life" if she chose it.

She left him a note, “你很好,我们不合适,我们要的不一样” (You're great, we're not compatible, we don't want the same thing). After that, she had an internal dialogue “对不起,我想要的更多” (I'm sorry, I want more). More than what he can offer.


Congrats, I saw you got the CPA.

Happy birthday to you.