(2007, 97 minutes)
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Korean Studies Auditorium 7:00 PM
A double-winner at last year’s Pusan International Film Festival, Flower in the Pocket (Malaysia, 2007, directed by Liew Seng Tat, 97 minutes, Mandarin with English subtitles) is a strangely beautiful and funny ode to neglected human beings. It’s a sonnet to people who have nothing and yet seek nothing. It tells the story of two boys, Li Ohm (Wong Zi Jiang) and Li Ah (Lim Ming Wei), who are mostly left on their own by their father Sui (James Lee) who wallows in self-pity due to a failed marriage and distances himself from the rest of the world. The boys’ smiles and carefree romps around town probably mask their deeper uneasiness about their situation, in tandem with how the film’s humorous scenes are a front that soon unravel to reveal a darker second half. “Flower is a fitting debut feature that is a perfect introduction to the wildly offbeat world of director Liew Seng Tat.” –Twitch
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