艋舺

19 May

I hope to get round to watching Taiwanese movie 《艋舺》(Monga) one day. The reviews have been positive and I think I will enjoy Director Niu Chen-Zer’s take on life in the Taiwan triads in the 1980s but the story looks too sad, with friends turning foes and half the characters dead at the end. I can stomach the violence and blood letting, but emotional struggles and betrayals always get to me … reminders that real life doesn’t end with a happily ever after. More than a triad story (ala “Infernal Affairs”), “Monga” is a coming-of-age story for the 5 youngsters in the ‘Prince Gang’ and these sort of movies are hard to watch because innocence lost can never be recovered, once again a painful reminder of real life.

The movie has however, introduced me to many good songs. I love the movie OST, a collection of original works and covers that are enjoyable on their own.
I also came upon this gorgeous fanmade MV using Anthony Wong’s version of 《暗涌》 (Under Current), his seductive rendition of this sad song goes really well with images from the movie.

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