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Upcoming events (5)

Asian Film Night : Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (2003)

Tuesday the 26th of March we will enjoy: Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (2003) (105min) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ongbak Critics Consensus:"While Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior may be no great shakes as a movie, critics are hailing the emergence of a new star in Tony Jaa, whose athletic performance is drawing comparisons with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li." Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, also known in the United States as Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is a 2003 Thai martial arts action film. Ong-Bak premiered as the closing film of the 2003 Bangkok International Film Festival, and then opened in a wide release in Thailand cinemas in February 2003. On February 11, 2005, the film was released in North America in 387 theatres under the title Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior. In its opening weekend, it grossed US$1,334,869 ($3,449 per screen), on its way to a US total of $4,563,167. According to some critics Ong-Bak is an action movie starring the main character's martial arts abilities. Its onrush of chase scenes, hand-to-hand combat and acrobatics, sometimes shown multiple times from different angles, drew notice for its quality, inventive moves and lack of CGI and wire-fu. Combat sports and striking analyst Jack Slack has stated that Ong-Bak "is perhaps the finest martial arts movie of this generation" Movie Start : 8 PM Where ? RED CACTUS-Belgian Craft Brewers Bar 红仙人掌——比利时精酿啤酒酒吧 Adress.: Yuyuan Rd 753 , Near Zhenning Rd 地址:长宁区愚园路753号C座 MOVIE PROMOS Available Free admission Enjoy your movie along with a drink and other movie lovers.. Your RSVP helps in organizing. If you made other plans and cannot make it in the end, please update your RSVP. (We as well have a group on WeChat, i will update meetup at Friday total watchers) Thanks in advance. General Notes : - If you made other plans and cannot make it in the end, please update your RSVP. - The venue gives us space to hold our screenings, please do not bring food & drinks from outside. - Support by an order of drink or food is appreciated. May you not be able to find the venue and/or have other questions, feel free to ask Melvin via WeChat : Melvin_Lo

Watch Anima. Night: Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise (Highly praised)

Wednesday the 27th of March @ 7:45 pm we will enjoy: Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise (1987) (121min) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/oritsu_uchugun_oneamisu_no_tsubasa "It is these visions, and the narrative, which also has a strong religious subplot, that make the program so compelling, a work of fantasy that is designed to make you think and contemplate. The artwork is outstanding" Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise is a 1987 Japanese animated science fiction film that marked the cinematic feature debut of Gainax. It was written and directed by Hiroyuki Yamaga. The film was released on 14 March 1987 and grossed only modestly in the box office. Since then, it has received very positive reviews. Wings has received universal acclaim from film critics since its release in 1987. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called it "a visually sensational two-hour extravaganza". DVD Times said that the animation "gives the storyteller complete control over what you see and ultimately how the viewer interprets the directors dream...the astounding animation, the attention to detail seen in every frame is quite daunting, but allows the viewer to discover new subtleties on repeated viewing. "Helen McCarthy in 500 Essential Anime Movies called the film "marvellous" and added that nothing "can disguise the sheer quality of this film." She praised backgrounds and designs, noting that they "show a level of commitment that borders on fanatical". In a discussion of original versus adapted anime, Brian Hanson of Anime News Network goes on to say: "It's set on a quasi-alternate-reality version of Earth, but without reams of bogus sci-fi hokum, and the screen is littered with wonderful art direction of a world that's sort of familiar, but wonderfully alien. Just look at, for example, the guns the characters use - they're not laser pistols or handguns, but these strange little things that still look like guns, but cleverly modified to fit within the rest of this wonderful universe that Gainax created. And the story! Oh, man! It's not some spunky kid out to save the universe. It's not a band of merry adventurers battling an onslaught of demons. None of that. It's a tender story of a bored and broken man seeking redemption, pouring himself into a cause that he finds important that everyone else thinks is a laughable joke, and finding spiritual enlightenment in spite of his entire endeavor being twisted by corrupt politicians as an excuse to wage war. It's about one man coming to terms with himself. It's a story that's mature, resonant, and authentic. Every single thing in that movie is wholly idiosyncratic. It's wonderful. And not only is it unique, it is exceptionally well done. Every frame is teeming with detail." Movie Start : 19.45 PM Free admission Address: 3/F, 1788 Xinzha Lu,near Jiaozhou Lu 新闸路1788号3楼, 近胶州路 General Notes : - Your RSVP helps in organizing. - If you made other plans and cannot make it in the end, please update your RSVP. (We as well have a group on WeChat, whose signups are not reflected here) - Support by an order of drink or food is appreciated. - May you not be able to find the venue and/or have other questions, feel free to ask Melvin via WeChat : Melvin_Lo

Watch & Discuss: Shoplifters (2018) (121min) (Palme d'or Winner)

Saturday the 30th of March we will Watch&Discuss : Shoplifters (2018) (121min) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/shoplifters Critics Consensus:" Understated yet ultimately deeply affecting, Shoplifters adds another powerful chapter to director Hirokazu Koreeda's richly humanistic filmography." Shoplifters is a 2018 Japanese drama film directed, written and edited by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Starring Lily Franky and Sakura Ando, it is about a family that relies on shoplifting to cope with a life of poverty. Kore-eda wrote the screenplay contemplating what makes a family, and inspired by reports on poverty and shoplifting in Japan. Principal photography began in mid-December 2017. The film earned US$37.8 million in Japan, making it one of the highest-grossing domestic films of the year. In China, it grossed US$15 million in what The Hollywood Reporter called "an unprecedentedly strong performance for an imported pure arthouse drama". The film competed at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d'Or on 19 May. It was the first Japanese Palme d'Or-winner since The Eel in 1997. Jury president Cate Blanchett explained the decision: "We were completely bowled over by Shoplifters. How intermeshed the performances were with the directorial vision". In July 2018, Shoplifters also won Best International Film at the Munich Film Festival, with the jury citing it by stating it "opens up new possibilities and ultimately offers [...] hope". In August, Shoplifters was selected as the Japanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards. It made the December shortlist in 2018, before being nominated for the Academy Award in January 2019. Meet & Dine : 5.30 PM Movie Start : ~6.30 PM Free admission Enjoy your movie along with other movie lovers.. Your RSVP helps in organizing. If you made other plans and cannot make it in the end, please update your RSVP. (We as well have a group on WeChat, i will update meetup at Friday total watchers) After the movie, we take the time to let our thoughts out. If we are out of words, it happens that we end up doing an activity elsewhere together. Thanks in advance. General Notes : - If you made other plans and cannot make it in the end, please update your RSVP. - The venue gives us space to hold our screenings, please do not bring food & drinks from outside. - The venue's menu pricing is mid range -- of the Wagas level, with wider variety - Support by an order of drink or food is appreciated. Venue directions photos at bottom of page May you not be able to find the venue and/or have other questions, feel free to ask Melvin via WeChat : Melvin_Lo

Depression
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If happiness is our ultimate goal then presumably depression is to be avoided by all means. There's no shortage of counsels out there on how to attain happiness and 'feel high' But lets try a shift, turn the focal point around: away from the luminous sun, and face head on its somber nemesis. What is Depression? What are the causes? How to deal with it? Career, relationships, finance, shame, guilt, shock, .... what are the usual causes of depression? Or the more potent ones? Which the heavy ones and which the lighter - if you were to rank as such? Are some 'types' of people more prone to depression than others? Are some more capable in overcoming than others? To what extent is it a clinical issue (genetic) and to what extent an issue of sheer will power? Are some cultures more vulnerable to depression (of its individuals) than others? What do the rates of depression/suicide tell about that country/culture? (granted the records may not reflect reality) Or are degrees and rates of depression universal irrespective of cultures? Does economic depression correlate to numbers of psychic depression? Do we become mentally weak in proportion to material progress? That is, are we more fickle and more vulnerable to depression compared to our 'tough' ancestors? (a hypothetical given the lack of records). What kind of advice would you have for overcoming depression? ============

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