when East meets West (on the screen)

A few days ago Youtube asked me if I wanted to watch again a short clip I had watched years ago. I clicked onto the bait and found myself in a spiral of “long-ago-watched-clips” that had one particular trait in common, beside being all from great films:

they all came from Asia, and they all had western songs.

On top of that, there were 2 recurring figures: actor Tony Leung and director Tran Anh Hung. I’ll list 4.

CLIP #1.

Film: “Chunking Express” (Wong Kar Wai, 1994).

Song: “California Dreaming” (The Mamas and The Papas, 1965)

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The colours and the sweat. Faye Wong and Tony Leung.

click here for the clip -> Chungking Express / California Dreaming

CLIP #2.

Film: “Vertical Ray of the Sun” (Tran Ang Hung, 2001).

Song: “(Afternoon) Soaps” (Arab Strap, 1998)

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The rain, the morning and the cigarettes.

click here for the clip -> Vertical Ray of the Sun / Soaps

PS. Youtube will prepare on your right, under “Up Next”, other clips from the same movie. They all have a similar title “morning dream (number)”. You have Lou Reed and others in those. Asian cinema often works in cycles .

CLIP #3.

Film: “Bad Guy” (Kim Ki Duk, 2001).

Song: “I Tuoi Fiori” (Etta Scollo, ?)

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I could not find the clip from the movie. This clip mixes the footage where the song can be heard in the movie and a live show. Sorry. Watch the movie yourself.

click here for the video -> Bad Guy / I Tuoi Fiori

CLIP #4.

Film: “Cyclo” (Tran Ang Hung, 1995).

Song: “Creep” (Radiohead, 1993)

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You can’t be more of a creep than someone who doesn’t say a single word in the whole movie and lights a cigarette at the beginning of every scene he appears in. And has a nosebleed whenever feeling uncomfortable. There you go, Tony Leung.

click here for the video -> Cyclo / Creep

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