This afternoon I watched “Late Spring / 晩春”, the 1949 masterpiece directed by Yasujirō Ozu. It was excellent! I found the simple story line completely engrossing. It’s so completely different from today’s cinema, and I felt like I was watching something… pure. I don’t know how to describe it, but perhaps it was just straightforward with no gimmicks. Very refreshing. It’s time-travel back to a different era. Highly recommended!
One of our house-guests brought me a birthday gift from the UK, which we opened tonight. It is delicious!! I absolutely love Scotch, so I’m going to try to savor this as long as possible. It will be difficult though… 😆
こんばんは。How’s it going?
Recently, I’ve been enjoying Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians book trilogy, whose first book was the basis for the hit movie by the same name. I thought the book was great, so after finishing it I put a library hold on the second one, China Rich Girlfriend, and flew through it in just a few days. Immediately after finishing that, I put the third and final book, Rich People Problems on hold, and within the hour, it was available! I could continue the story without delay, which is perfect since it’s a long holiday weekend. It’s a true Crazy Rich Asians reading-fest. 😆
The books are super fun, and although the constant brand-name fashion references can seem a bit tedious at first, I soon enjoyed the over-the-topness of even those descriptions. The story is great and I love the characters, but what really makes it an exceptional series for me are the descriptions of all the delicious foods. The books make me so hungry!
I also like the fact that I can relate to the story through some of the settings (and dare I say brands?). In fact, one of the chapters in the first book is named Conduit Road, which is a street in Hong Kong. And a good friend of mine’s family has a flat there, which is where I stayed when I visited twice in the 90s. That kind of blew me away. The scenes in Shanghai also were familiar to me since we visited the city just last year. There are even some luxury brand watch references which I thought were great.
On the flip side, reading about Singapore, a city I have not yet traveled to, has given me a serious case of wanderlust! I’m definitely not alone in the fact that Crazy Rich Asians has really piqued my curiosity.
I am halfway through the final book and I am looking forward to seeing how it all concludes. By the way, the books are much better than the movie, IMHO.
I hope you had a great day!