毫無疑問的,消失打看絕對是2011的最佳影片

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雖然他不能稱為完全原創的作品(中國電影pk.com.cn已經先行一步了),

但它仍是我看過的該類型影片中不論畫面、敘事觀點獨特以及製作技巧都是最為優美獨特且純熟的。

這也是為什麼消失打看是2011年所有影片中最值得一看的原因。

我不能保證你會喜歡,但就這部電影來說,觀影的體驗才是最重要的。



消失打看的核心思想反映出新世代的聲音,反映出與我們生長時空背景不相同的一群人,

雖然說大部份影評都知道這是部來自亞洲的電影,但並非每個人都能瞭解這部片所要呈現的遠比大家看到的更具有深度。

當然這部片運用了很多科技的產物來架構故事主角們生活的世界,但是卻跟傳統的電影描述的有很大的差別。

(雖然這部電影也是講述現代的故事,但卻與其他電影所表現的世界有極大不同)

我們可以發現新世代與我們最大的差別就是:我年輕時,想要找一條資訊,我會去查百科全書的資訊,或是到圖書館找同一主題的資料;

但是現在的人們用網路來搜尋資料,他們在GOOGLE搜尋到數以千計的相關資訊,wiki的頁面甚至會彈出更多相關資訊,使得網路資訊更加龐大繁複。

來談談消失打看與我們印象中的傳統電影最不同的地方,

傳統的電影建構出一個概念表現作家或導演的意圖;通常故事的主軸是一個簡單概念的擴張,即使故事過程中加入一些衝突或是分歧點,最後還是會歸納出一個結論;

但是消失打看卻不是這樣的一部片,它是透過很多個不同的獨立觀點所組成,

但卻又不像傳統電影一般統整成一個簡單的概念,而是各自帶給觀眾不同的思考想像空間,這比所有過去的電影架構更能讓人印象深刻。

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以上說的優點能夠表現出來也是因為導演有一群很優秀的夥伴為這部片貢獻才能。

最令人驚艷的當然是視覺的呈現,融合了很多風格與元素,也不著痕跡的加入了很多動畫特效,

在故事中也產生很多加分的效果。

電影裡的配樂也如同視覺部分,融合不同的風格和氣氛。

雖然基本上是一種流行樂,但是也加入了hip-hop和電子音樂的元素,令人印象深刻。

陳宏一擔任MV導演的功力在這裡展露無遺。

簡單來說:光是視覺效果與音樂部分就值得你好好觀賞這部電影。

片中演員大多由青少年組成,他們的演技很誠摯自然,也展現出年輕與現代感。

片中讓我印象最深刻的是林柏昇(KID),但是其他的演員也是充分的表現他們的角色;有效的將電影推向更高的層次。

消失打看的的中心主題是“消失”,電影中已好幾個故事圍繞這個主題。
這些故事談論一個失踪的人,人們透過網站查詢他,但這一切僅是一個開端,引出更多的消失;

從離開的男朋友、即將消失的蜜蜂種群、懷舊事物以及缺乏邏輯的語言,其中一些問題被解答了有些則等著觀眾細細思索。

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整部電影圍繞一個中心主題,構築出夢幻、詩意、令人耳目一新的現代拼貼。

沒有一個單一的訊息,卻也不會讓人摸不著頭緒或是缺乏深度。

發現“消失”這個主題帶出許多不同的印象和看法,讓人清楚的感覺到電影勾勒出一個中心思想;

導演想說的話並沒有因此被掩蓋掉,反而讓我們發現,我們可以選擇的不同角度的訊息,

而不是像大多數電影所提供的單一的資訊。

這就是為什麼我說這是一部新世代的電影,

不是因為人們在這部影片中通過網站和手機的互動,而是消失打看以一個完全不同的方式敘述故事。

裡面的一切都是混搭,混合拼貼各種想法意見。

一個有才華的導演執行一項獨特的創作,希望能發展成一個完全開放性的電影。

我認為它可能太早發生了(因為大多數電影評論家還沒有準備去觀賞一部這樣的電影),

但像消失打看和pk.com.cn絕對是一個創新的開始。如果你在2011年只看一部電影,那一定是它了。


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Without a single doubt, without any form of competition, this is the best film of 2011. And while Honey PuPu can't claim absolute originality ( pk.com.cn precedes it), it's still the most beautiful, unique and skillfully executed film I've seen in its genre. So take a minute to find out why you definitely need to watch this, more so than anything else produced in 2011. I can't guarantee you'll like it, but in this case the experience is actually more important.

 

Within the heart of Honey PuPu echoes the voice of a new generation. Not a new generation of film makers mind, but a generation of people who grew up in a different world than we did. Most reviewers do seem to realize this, but not everyone seems to understand that it runs deeper than what you can see on-screen. Sure there's websites, headphones and mobile phones dictating the world of the main characters, but there are more profound and important differences with traditional film making.

The key difference can be found in the way we are brought up to process information as individuals. When I was young and I wanted to read up on a particular subject I reached for an encyclopedia. This gave me a bunch of facts and interpretations concerning a particular subject.Nowadays people turn to google, and sure enough a wiki page will pop up telling them pretty much the same things I was told. But the wiki page is just one simple search result amongst a range of hundreds and thousands of other impressions. Searching for information doesn't just lead to processing dry facts anymore, it opens up a full window of different media and different impressions that make up a more thorough and complex web of information.

This is where Honey PuPu differs from what we have come to know as cinema. Traditional cinema builds up a concept to illustrate the message or intentions of a writer or director. Depth and meaning are assumed by focusing on and expanding a single view, or in some cases the interaction between separate (often conflicting) views. It's the encyclopedia way of film making where we have one single access point and one voice teaching us about the central theme. Honey PuPu is nothing like that. It's a collage of opinions, views and interpretations that are connected by a single central theme, but stand firmly by themselves. "Truth" and "meaning" are found in this intricate web of information instead of trying to find it in one single statement. There is only a central theme and the director's personal selection of impressions related to this theme. The result is an experience much richer and impressive than any traditional film could ever produce.

 

All the above is nice of course, but you still need some solid talent to make it work as a film. With Hung-i Chen in the director's chair, there is nothing to worry about though. Visually this film is absolute stunning from start to finish. It's awesome to see Chen blend visual styles and atmospheres in a very natural and organic way. There are for example no specific, stand-alone animation sequences, but some scenes do make use of partial animation which is perfectly integrated with the live action imagerey. Chen's box of tricks is rich and beautiful, supplying each segment with the proper atmosphere and leaving behind a truly stunning visual impression.

The soundtrack illustrates a similar understanding of how to blend different musical styles and atmospheres. While essentially a poppy soundtrack, there are firm traces of hip-hop and electronic music which continuously weave themselves together in order to make an all-round impressive score. Chen has a background in directing music videos which clearly shows in the way he handles the music here. In short: the combination of visuals and score alone should make this film worth your time.

Most of the cast consists of youngsters, who I assume felt quite at home within the boundaries this film set out. The acting is pure and natural, while still keeping a very young and modern edge. Po-sheng Lin is the biggest discovery if you ask me, but the rest of the cast is not far behind in terms of fleshing out their characters. Impressive performances throughout that effectively lift the film to even higher grounds and hopefully mean the start of a bright career for the main cast.

 

The central theme of Honey PuPu is "missing", around this theme several stories are wrapped and explored. These stories are tied together by a website where missing people can be reported and traced, but all of that is just a hook to allow for more impressions and takes on what it means to miss or disappear. From boyfriends that left without a word of warning to lost bee populations, from nostalgia to lack of logic, it all flows in and out of view. Some ideas and issues are resolved, others are merely introduced and left to linger.

The result is a rather dreamy, poetic and refreshingly modern collage around one central theme.There is no single consensus or message, but that does not result in a lack of depth, on the contrary. The key to the "missing" theme can be found somewhere amidst all these different impressions and views, the feeling the film leaves behind is that of a broader understanding of the central theme rather than a heavily constructed and explored message forced down your throat.The voice of the director isn't lost in all this, but can be found in the actual choice of information rather than the single message most films carry with them.

And that is why this is a film by and for a new generation of people. Not because you see people interacting through websites and mobile phones in this film, but because Honey PuPu presents its theme in a radically different manner. Everything is a mash-up, a mix and collage of ideas and views, some personal, some found elsewhere. Watching this executed by a talented director is a unique experience that will hopefully develop into a full-fletched branch of cinema. I'm convinced it's still to early for this to actually happen (most films critics aren't going to be ready for a film like this), but films like Honey PuPu and pk.com.cn are definitely the beginning of something fresh and new. If you see only one film in 2011, make it this one.

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