Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bookfest 2011 - Giddens Ko (九把刀) - You Are the Apple of My Eye (那些年,我们一起追的女孩)

Writer-Director Giddens Ko (九把刀) is in Singapore for Bookfest 2011, which had organized a meet the author session for Giddens to talk about his debut film You Are the Apple of My Eye (那些年,我们一起追的女孩), meet his fans, and managed to squeeze in a 40 minutes long autograph session for the hundreds of fans who had come to hear him speak. For those who had missed out, he will be at Pop@Central Bras Basah from 4pm onwards for what would purely be an autograph session.

In today's close to 91 minutes speech, Giddens's topic was of Life Being a Constant Battle (if I may translate directly), which of course covered a whole range of subjects centered around his film, from inspiration, a summarized rundown of his relationship with the real Shen Jiayi and friendship which still extends until today, right down to challenges in turning his film dream into reality. There were plenty of personal anecdotes, and humour thrown around his talk to surprise and tickle even the most fervent fan who had probably listened in or viewed his talks online before, and watching him speak and engaging the audience, you can understand just how his exuberance got rubbed off onto the film as well, which had been breaking box office records in the Chinese speaking region, and primed for a release in Mainland China soon.

You can watch the entire talk by Giddens here. Oh, and it's shaky-cam mode so please have your nausea bag handy...

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And for those who stuck around until the end of the session today, Giddens gamely posed for photograph opportunities for his fans:

You can read my review of the film here, a review of the DVD included in the Original Soundtrack, and a review of the DVD included in the Making-Of the film book Somewhere, Sometime, Some Way

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