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Sunday, July 24, 2005


I spent my last evening in the southern most city of Timor Island with Redford and Streisand. Sydney Pollack was the man behind the reel.

Why the movie became a legendary one? Would you call it a romantic movie the way IMDB categorize it? I'd call it something with a political undercurrent. What went wrong between Hubbell and Katie? Was it politics? Was strong individualistic characters or plain egoism? Was the love between them was not strong enough? Sure, that's what the script wanted it. A movie is an escapism, but at the same time, it observes and grows out of its own time. Most movies are timeless. To remind the future that reality is cyclical? (Well, I know fashion is cyclical) Does history moves in cycle? Karma? This is not philosophy 101.

I guess, if you put Hubbell and Katie together as Asians (prefer not to change their names into "Asian names" as "Asian" does mean "Indonesian" or "Vietnam", there are more than a dozen countries in it that cannot be represented by just one name) and not typical Americans, the result would be different. The famous value: compromise.

Don't we compromise everything here in Asia? Harmony. At any cost.

I remember a good friend of mine has once said that compromising means one side tends to back off and let the other side wins. But if you synergized two differing parties, you would have the best of both sides. Is it enough?

What about balancing? Finding the right tune? What about fate?

I'd say nothing glues anything that stops trying.

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