Course:CLIT2086 Asian on ScreenStudent:Cherry, Chan Lei Lei (2005626134)E-mail address:email@example.comTutor:Patrick Luk (Mon 9:30)Journal Entry : Ann Hui’s Cinematic Vision___
imposes historical subject matter. Written in American Cinema Paper,Ann Hui said that the subject matter of
was so strong, the script and dialoguewere so carefully written that she couldn’t use an obtrusive visual style. Referencing to thetwo events which invited Ann Hui recently by the Comparative Literature Department, Iattended and strongly impressed by Ann’s view on the style of films. Ann is the kind of director believing that the story chooses its style. She believes that the way to shoot is framed by how the story is going on. The story imposes its own shots. However, style does make astatement of a film, like Wong Ka Wai’s films, style is a very important part of narrative. It isthe uniqueness of different directors, some emphasize on style while some focus onstorytelling. In this case, Ann said she used plain narrative for
which she couldn’tthink of better ways to shoot it.I appreciate Ann’s use of plain narrative for Boat People and I think there are 2 really amazingshots in the film. At the opening, Ann used an establishing shot which shows the panoramaview of the crowds and troops in the liberation day of Vietnam. This is a long take lasted for nearly 3 minute showing the general town view in Vietnam which the troops pass through. Itquickly introduces a Japanese photojournalist, covering the liberation of Vietnam. It isappropriately linked to the later part of the film which is in the point of view of this Japanese photojournalist who is an outsider and observer. Besides, different specific characters were posed in the frame, for example, a little cripple boy walked difficultly into a corridor, juxtaposing the cheer crowds with this dark side of the country. Another shot is the ending of the film. The final shot is a freeze-frame depicting the 2 kids, sister and brother looking outacross the ocean on a refugee boat leaving Vietnam. Many characters die in the film, only the2 kids find their way out. Although the entire film is quite frustrating with the corruption,tyranny and poverty, the final shot still provides room of positive view of the future.