胭脂扣 胭脂扣 8.3分

Thoughts on Nostalgia and The Use of Objects

nicasso
2018-03-10 09:07:55
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This film reminds me of Wong Kar-wai’s many films. The exactness of time and the repetition of events were emphasized to expressively amplify the emotion of nostalgia. Fleur and Master Twelve’s time 3811 – March 8 at 11 o’clock builds the bridge between Hong Kong in the 1930s and 1980s. The old Hong Kong is depicted with warmer colours, together with Fleur’s clothes mostly in dark purple, the nostalgic and feminine atmosphere brings a sentimental impact on the audience. In contrast, modern Hong Kong is mostly in colder colours, and the many places are dislocated including the one Fleur and Master Twelve promised to meet.

There is a number of meaningful use of objects to carry out the nostalgia concept as well. A mirror is used for many times in the old Hong Kong scenes. The reflected images create a surreal atmosphere. Blinds are used to form parallel lines in the modern Hong Kong scenes. It shows that the character Fleur is trapped in her memory and could not free herself from missing her lover. The rouge Master Twelve gave Fleur and was returned to him is a souvenir of love also a souvenir of farewell.

Fleur gave a new suit to Master Twelve as a gift. The conversation is quite interesting: Master Twelve said it is better to wear a wrinkled suit because it is more comfortable, and Fleur asked him what if the suit gets old, Master Twelve said he would cast away old clothes, as well as people of whom he gets sick. Isn’t that one of the reasons Fleur wants to let Master Twelve die with her so that she could never be abandoned by him? The poem Master Twelve writes to please Fleur says: a dreamlike moon and an untouchable flower. Isn’t love the most beautiful when it is about to happen but has not happened?
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