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超渡

本地灵异电影《超渡》有好的题材和开始,可惜越看下去就越‘不是味道’,到了中段简直杂乱无章,最后20分钟名副其实的超渡戏才粉墨登场,可惜已无法力挽狂澜。

故事的开端是说新晋恐怖小说作家为了突破瓶颈,而跟着经理人去替死人超渡的庵堂小住,不料半途却发生车祸,阴差阳错地让他‘开了第三眼’,使他能见到鬼魂。随后,灵异事件即接踵而至…
本地演员陈立谦饰演这位不知天高地厚的小说家,演技是合格的,前面说他胆敢挑战‘见鬼’技巧的几幕戏,就演得极神似。跟他搭档的女主角王欣亦颇入戏,但编导老是要把他俩凑合成一堆,硬插了几段不汤不水的感情戏,有点格格不入。
话说王欣当年伙拍杨雁雁,合演《881》里的木瓜姐妹,如今后者已爆红并荣登金马奖得主,演技同样备受肯定的王欣又能否从后追上呢?
故事说‘开了第三眼’后的人,应避免让游魂知道自己有阴阳眼功力,否则就大事不妙。因此,我很期待男主角不慎暴露自己的特异功能后,会招来什么祸事,可惜这条梗最后却不了了之。
开场在富有本地甘榜色彩的庵堂里,安排众道姑随着潮州音乐翩翩起舞那个片段,确实拍得不错。但是令人留下印象的,也仅仅这些断简残篇而已。
王欣意外‘害死’亲父的童年情意结,是本片的焦点,可惜不善经营,完全激不起高潮亦不动人。中间杀出的郑锦昌与脑死儿子的催泪情节,亦变得可有可无。
还有,这么多流行曲不选,为何要选上已经有珠玉在前的《被遗忘的时光》作主题曲呢?

(Local horror movie ‘Transcend’ opens with an interesting storyline, and the lead actors/actress did quite a good job to keep us sympathized with them. However, due to poor directing skill, this movie ends without leaving anything memorable.)

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8月19日(雨)

在广州搭地铁其实非常便利,我那天一抵达机场南的地铁站,就买了一张‘羊城通’卡,70元内含价值50元。
地铁共有8条线,覆盖层面广,我要去的地点全部都可直达。更重要的是,车费超便宜,难怪地铁那么受市民欢迎。
举例来说,从新白云机场到市中心(西门口我下榻的酒店),需时45分钟,车费才7元而已。
我买的羊城通那50元价值,也足足让我用了五天才用完。

唯一恼人的是,中国人搭地铁的文明度还有待提升。特别是在上下班时间的高峰期,不时有‘莽汉’和‘悍妇’不守‘先下后上‘的规矩,横冲直撞,令我这种循规蹈矩的‘文明人’看傻了眼。

(In Guangzhou, taking the subway to go around town is very convenient. I bought a reload card for RMB70 with RMB50 value inside, and it is enough for me to travel by subway for 5 days. A single journey from the Baiyun Airport to downtown, which takes 45 min, only cost me RMB7. All the venues I intended to visit are within the MRT service routes. The only thing that annoys me is that some Guangzhou citizens are still very rude when taking the public transport. They tend to push and shove their way into the train without showing any manners. I guess if I were to live and survive in any city in China for months, I would become as rude and mannerless as them.)

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman 《天才眼镜狗》

《天才眼镜狗》讲述一名全能的科学家收养了人类小孩,某次在受刺激的情况下,兽性大发误咬社工而差点‘父离子散’的故事….

狗狗与人类发展出一段父子之情,剧情相当怪诞,但以动画片的方式呈现,却是温馨多于诡异。而且,所幸动画家笔下的这对人与狗,造型都颇逗趣讨喜,彼此的感情发展亦容易令人接受。
除了画功细腻之外,剧情快速推进、高潮迭起,也是本片引人入胜的优点。故事主要环绕在天才眼镜狗所发明的‘时光机’,它带领观众走过古埃及、意大利文艺复兴时期、法国大革命,还有特洛伊木马屠城记,间接给大家上了几堂宝贵的历史课,十分具有教育意义。
父子情当然也是重点,尤其是人与兽之间如何应对周遭异样的眼光,如果透过同甘共苦来联系亲情,本片都颇花心思描述,效果亦令人满意。
若在十多廿年前,能拍出这么一部动画片,应该算惊世骇俗了,可惜近年来动画片多得堪称泛滥,《天才眼镜狗》再怎么好,始终容易被人忽略,而且在我看来,它的这些‘雕虫小技’,顶多只能令小朋友拍掌叫好,至于成年人嘛,胃口已经被撑大了,懂得返璞归真对它表示欣赏的,恐怕寥寥无几。

(Visually-stunning, educational and amusing, this is another well-natured animation feature that gives you some food for thought, especially in terms of parenting and father-son relationship. However, overall I think this movie is more appealing to the kids than adults.)

Star rating:  ★★ 1/2

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8月18日(晴)

广东市有几家大型书店,除了天河城的购书中心,在小北路还有一间越秀购书中心,然后在北京路步行街还有一间联合书店(唯一有卖台版书店)。三个地方我都去过了,连同昨天在南国书香节的收获,我一共买了16本东野圭吾的小说。由于新华书店经营的购书中心和书展都有八折,因此买这堆书才不到马币200元。

虽然还有其他书想买,但我怕回程的行李太重,就暂且买到这里为止了。反正这已经够我一整年的阅读量,明年香港书展再继续买。

(Other than the annual book fair at Pazhou Convention Center, I also visited 3 large book stores in Guangzhou. These are the books I bought for this trip. They’re all Japanese best-selling author Keigo Higashino’s mytery novels. I spent less than RM200 for all these. There are other books that I would like to put into my shopping cart, but I have to call it a day, or else my luggage would be too heavy.)

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District 13:Ultimatum 《暴力街区:终极一战》

五年后《暴力街区》推出下集,依然由‘跑酷’高手David Belle跟卧底警察Cyril Raffaelli搭档,两人伙同贫民窟的第三股势力,联手向毒贩宣战。
这次他们面对的敌手更加复杂,腐败的政客和警官在幕后操弄大局,意图将贫民窟炸毁后重建,而总统更被威胁引爆炸弹…

虽然加入政治黑幕和阴谋等支线,故事的主干还是围绕在‘跑酷’,而身手不凡的Cyril Raffaelli也有更多机会以寡敌众,前面的半个小时几乎就是他的个人秀。
看完本片后,越来越觉得法国演员Cyril很像英国型男Jason Statham和美国壮汉Vin Diesel的综合体。凭着《暴力街区》上下集闯出名堂的他,不知是否有机会在好莱坞大片里亮相呢。
由于故事直截了当,又没太大悬念,因此编导在角色方面下工夫,在龙蛇混杂的街区里找来一群各擅胜场的黑道高手,携手力挽狂澜,这些三教九流的人物也使得本片更有看头。
无论如何,连场紧张刺激的动作戏仍然是本片的最大亮点。虽然格局像B级片,提供的却是A级娱乐,有这种能耐,已经算不错了。

(As a sequel to 2004′s original ‘District 13′, this film boasts more action-packed plot with some twists and turns that involves corruption and conspiracy. Our undercover ‘supercop’ Cyril Raffaelli and the ‘Parkour’ stuntman David Belle return with a bigger mission to stop a vicious demolition plan by evil politicians. It goes without saying that the ‘Parkour’ practice is the one that steals the show throughout the movie.)

Star rating:  ★★

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8月17日(晴)

来到中国,面子书、推特、U管、谷歌统统上不去,真的很麻烦。面子书等社交媒体不玩倒也罢了,谷歌和Gmail也被封禁,我要工作就一个头两个大了。
无可奈何之下,唯有向朋友求助,学习如何‘翻墙’。最后才勉强解决了问题,但是要把资料在手机和手提电脑之间移来移去,也费时费力。

犹记得四年前去上海
,都没面对这问题。当然,那时候还不流行玩面子书,但在我记忆中,谷歌和电邮当时好像还没被封禁。
突然想到,一个泱泱大国,却偏爱搞这些小动作,度量何其之小。
下次去中国要学聪明点了,电邮里的重要文件非得先备份在随身硬碟里不可。

(I found that it’s very inconvenient for me, as far as my translation work is concerned, as websites such as Google and gmail are banned in China. I have to ask for help from my friends and learned how to ‘jump over the wall’ in order to access these banned sites. Next time before traveling to China, I should get myself more well-prepared.)

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Brick Mansions 《玩命街区》

《玩命街区》将法国片《暴力街区》照抄不误,也同样请来‘跑酷’高手兼创始人David Belle担纲演出,跟他搭档饰演卧底警察的则是去年意外丧生的Paul Walker。

基本上《玩命街区》是逐个画面抄袭《暴力街区》,包括角色的名字、打群架和飞车等场面都雷同,只是换人来演而已。看过原版的观众,可能会觉得本片的精彩度不如法国版。也可能是迁就非专业打星的Paul Walker吧,为了让他跟David Belle看起来旗鼓相当,后者的‘跑酷’动作也不像原版那么具有高难度。这可说是‘暴力街区’的温和版。
但是好莱坞版同样拍得甚有娱乐性,而且没有过分渲染暴力,动作方面亦优雅好看,再说它也是Paul Walker在大银幕上的最后遗作,无论如何都值得捧场。
本片算是Paul Walker从影以来最需要‘施展浑身解数’的电影了,而他也表现得敬业乐业,亲身挑战体能极限,没让观众失望。看过本片之后,你应当也会像我这样,惋惜这位英年早逝的年轻演员吧,毕竟他具备外型和身材,如果还健在的话,很可能被塑造成另一个打星呢。

(Undoubtedly, the late Paul Walker had what it takes to be an action star. Co-starring David Belle,the French actor of the extreme sport ‘Parkour’ fame, David Belle,  in this ‘shot-fr-shot’ remake of French movie ‘District 13′, Paul proved that he could do better with body combat other than fast-car stunts. This is the last movie Paul completed before he died in 2013. Watch it for remembrance sake.)

Star rating:  ★★ 1/2

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8月16日(晴)

这趟来广州,主要目的是参观一年一度的南国书香节。更严格来说,是要来购买东野圭吾的书,没有买上十多二十本我是不甘愿的。
书展地点在广州市南部的琶洲会展中心,距离虽远,却有地铁直通,亦非常方便。
入场是免费的。早几年还有免费派发地铁票,引起轰动,今年已取消这项优惠活动。
结果逛了两个多小时就逛完了,比我预算中的时间短得多。在现场只买到7本东野圭吾的书。明天要再接再厉去天河购书中心继续找。

(The main purpose of my visit to Guangzhou is to buy books. More specifically, to buy books from one of my favourite novelist from Japan. The annual Canton Book Fair is held in the Pazhou Convention Center, which is located quite a distance from downtown, but it is connected by the MRT line, so transportation is very convenient.)

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District 13 《暴力街区》

法国电影《暴力街区》让我们见识了‘酷跑’(Parkour)这种极限运动的魅力。喜欢动作片的朋友们,应该会觉得‘酷跑’类似Tony Jar在《拳霸》系列里的表演方式吧。

由Luc Besson监制的这部电影,故事其实很简单,就是说若干年后的巴黎郊区,治安已败坏到当局不得不将某些街区隔离,致使黑道分子在这些街区坐大,犯罪和贩毒活动一发不可收拾。街区里有一‘尚有正义感’的男子,擅长‘酷跑’的他专门跟毒贩作对。某次,他跟卧底警察不打不相识,两人最终联手把街区里的恶势力斩草除根…
‘暴力街区’的精彩之处,当然是由这种运动的创始人之一– David Belle亲自上阵表演,看他在高楼大厦之间来去自如,时而翻滚跳跃、时而奔跑攀爬,如入无人之境,就很有真实感,很多危险镜头甚至是one take的一气呵成,恐怕连成龙看了也会连声叫好。
饰演卧底警察的法国演员来头也不小,是精通空手道和武术的高手,他和David Belle惺惺相惜,识英雄重英雄,两人亦是现实生活的好友,合作得挺有默契。
这样的一部电影剧本,怎能不被好莱坞看上眼呢。于是在2014年,我们便看到了好莱坞照抄不误的Brick Mansions。

(District 13 is a French action movie centered around ‘Parkour’ – an extreme sport co-founded by David Belle, also one of the protagonists of this film. The story is pretty straight forward – a young man who lives in the slum makes good use of his ‘parkour stunts’ to help the police bust the gang of drug dealers in his neighbourhood. The action scenes shall be the focus of this film and both the lead actors did not let us down.)

Star rating: ★★ 1/2

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8月15日(晴)

上次坐商务舱出国已是十多年前的事,亦没有进去‘贵宾候机室’休息,这次专程进来这里看看,觉得马航的贵宾候机室还相当宽敞又舒适,食物则是一般。(This is the 2nd time I flied in a business class cabin. I don’t think I visited the premium lounge last time but this time I did. The MAS golden lounge was quite spacious, comfortable and the service is commendable.)

餐前开胃菜我最喜欢是左上角那罐澳洲制造的果酱。(For the appetizers, I like the made-in-Australia fruit jam.)

主餐我点了咖喱鸡饭。(I picked chicken curry rice for the main course.)

甜品是芝士蛋糕。好想再讨一块!(The cheese cake is one of my favourites!)

吃了这餐,一直到我抵达广州,入住酒店睡了一觉后,晚上才去吃夜宵。

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