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#ENG 20190808 Preface and explanation
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This post is all about Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest work Too Old Too Die Young. I will go through episode-by-episode with synopsis and selected screenshots. So far Vol.1 to Vol.5 are done, the rest will be finished…in time.
Apart from the preface, this post is solely written in Traditional Chinese Big5 coding with characters, lexicons and dialects commonly used in Taiwan. Literately it’s ‘Taiwanese Mandarin’ with massive influences of Taiwanese Hokkien. I don’t define my language as just Mandarin Chinese. Thus what’s written here may not be the kind of Chinese language you think it is, and may not be fluently translated with Google or other web interfaces. Also keep in mind that the writing style here could be quite idiosyncratic even to some readers who speak my language. It’s because this is a creative writing blog prone to be experimental, not the usual (and repetitive) film review site you’d expect.
So what we have here is a TV series challenging to general viewers and the writing of it challenging to its readers. Well, what can I say? Have fun!
I’m also working on an overall afterthoughts section for TOTDY but I want to put it within 2019’s film-digging list, not here. It’s gonna take some time to finish since I still have a couple thoughts to sidle in, like thoughts that are personal and political…and about things happening on this side of the world so indifferent to what’s going on in TOTDY… or even to Brubaker’s comic stories.
And AFAICT Too Old To Die Young is far yet to be well-known (or just known) to Asia’s Chinese-speaking viewers in general… not like the Japanese fanbase I guess. It’s just all so quiet this time, unlike Refn’s last three films…that all have made it to Cannes. Yeah, Cannes. People here dig that. For an art-house film, local or international, winning a title is pure survival here. It’s how you make it to theaters and to the crowd. And we’re talking about a crowd with very short attention span and with preferences and perspectives so heavily, superstitiously, helplessly and unconsciously relying on ratings and reviews from the mainstream press, film fests and awards. It’s like that even when it comes to cult films or under-the-radar art-house gems. I don’t know why and I don’t go that way. So with publicity so modest and so minimal, I expect TOTDY to gradually gather a prominent cult-following pretty much exclusive to the west (wait, cult-following in the streaming era!? Hey that’s super cool! Neo-cult!). And before that happens, no way the show’s gonna gain any popularity here.
Also, film lovers like myself and my peers that are unanimously into Harmony Korine, Gaspar Noé, Lynch, Jodorowsky, Ferrara and Refn are ridiculously unorthodox and invisible to this side of the world. Suberviseness and esotericism are thinner than air in here and that is a problem. Anyway we are just too insignificant to the ‘market’ but we are around though. Always around. Some making auteur-driven films too. So my post here and my blog in its entirety are for these tough unorthodox mudafakas. It’s not for the mass. No. Too Old To Die Young is too badass for that too. 😎