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Movie Review: The Kingmaker

I love the Philippines. But I know so little about the turbulent history of the Marcos era until I watched The Kingmaker. The film by Lauren Greenfield presents a caricature of Imelda Marcos, ex-First Lady of Philippines, wife of Ferdinand Marcos who was President from 1965-86. The last 8 years of his rule were marred with violence and oppression under martial law. Imelda Marcos is the Rosmah Mansor (ex-Malaysian PM’s Najib’s wife) of her time. An ex-beauty queen from humble beginnings, who caught the eye of a charismatic politician, their love story is as clich├ęd as can be. Except this story isn’t about love. It is about power and how a family’s insatiable greed for hedonistic pleasures (cue long shots of her 3000 pairs of designer shoes) and a life of decadence led to extreme means for political dominance. “Perception is reality, the truth is not,” states Imeda, midway through the film. The belief is repeatedly demonstrated with the director’s juxtaposition of Imelda Marcos’s personal narration of life events with contrasting witness accounts. From her …

Little Forest Movie Review

On the flight back from Japan I scrolled past the usual blockbusters and settled upon the this Korean film. “Little Forest” is adapted from a Japanese slice of life manga series written and illustrated by Daisuke Igarashi. The story follows Hye-won, a recent graduate who fails her final teaching examinations in Seoul and returns to her childhood home, in a traditional Korean village. Hye-won finds solace in the “Little Forest” or the loving home created by her single mother, who is no longer there but has given her a happy childhood. Through the seasons she reflects upon her experiences in big city life that drove her home and navigates through her journey of self-discovery with the help of her childhood friends. The theme for this movie is nourishment. With her roots in the country, Hye-won is hungry for nature, home-cooked meals, genuine human connection and a slower pace of life. The movie is filled with gorgeous cinematography of country life and delicious Korean dishes from each season, reminding us of life’s simple joys. There are …