Talking about studying abroad and living abroad, it is inevitable that some people are yearning for happiness - but is the foreign moon really round? These strangers who wandered around in their dreams and pursued a better future in their hearts did not always have the same dreams they had hoped at the beginning. Looking back at the 2009 financial tsunami sweeping period, the UK's economy has had a huge impact, and the domestic unemployment rate is serious. The graduated international students are facing a severe employment environment like ice and snow. Lu Jinming, a British director who was studying in the UK and working on video production, was shocked and also started to shoot the feature film "The Receptionist" because he heard the story of a friend committing suicide.The idea; in the context of a depressed society, facing such extreme situations, the dilemma of strangers' survival, and the profound stories developed from the predicament.
Lu Jinming's director "The Receptionist" starring Ji Peihui and Chen Xiangqi will be released in Taiwan on June 23. Image Courtesy of Mirror Movie.
"Operator" has been successful in fundraising from the earliest masses, and has been favored by the Ministry of Culture and Golden Horse Ventures. The filming process took a lot of time to get used to the work teams of Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Lu Jinming continued to run in the two places; this work is going to Milan Film Festival this year. It will be released on the 6/23 in Taiwan. Here, we and Lu Jinming in her studio in North London, grabbed her back to the stage to promote the "intermediate operator" in the gap time, talked with her from art creation into the film, and lived in the UK for nearly 20 years now, Examine your own mood transformation in the face of the word "dream."
Director Lu Jinming was interviewed at the London home. Photography/ Tiffany.
Through the voice of the operator on the telephone, seeing the bloody reality of survival and struggle
"The filming of "Operator" was inspired by the death of a friend. After her death, our other friends learned that she was a lady in an illegal massage parlour and lived a life of two-sided people. Later she had the opportunity to work with her. Friends who work together meet and start to understand the secret world that is unknown, and also know the bitterness of these strangers. I also admire them very much. To survive in the environment where people eat, it must be very firm. I also found that there are many Asian girls in those places, including Taiwan, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, etc. Some are operators, and some are "going down." At the beginning of the interview, Lu Jinming said the reason for filming. .
The inspiration for the "Operator" was inspired by the true story of a friend of Lu Jinming. Image Courtesy of Mirror Movie.
"What to do, if I don't earn a few hundred pounds a day, I feel unreliable."
Later, Lu Jinming tried to contact the friends and sisters of the friend through various methods, and spent a lot of effort to explain the idea of the film, hoping to listen to their stories. After building trust, one by one through these stories to slowly understand more of them: why did you enter the industry, the current situation, the future dreams, and so on. Some people want to have their own store and want to find someone who can live forever; however, when the time is over, many girls are still there. Stepping into this line has made many girls accustomed to making such quick money. Some girls are even married and have children, but they are still immersed in the bottomless lure of money. Some people say, "What to do if I don’t make a few hundred pounds a day. I feel that I am not practical." Such a voice. I am afraid that I will be discovered by my family and friends, and I will be squandered all the time. Many inner struggles are carried out in my heart and also in real life.
Illegal erotic massage parlors, as presented in the movie, are hidden in ordinary houses, and it is difficult to guess from the appearance. All kinds of unimagined, absurd requirements, and even violence, were hooligans to recover protection fees, police sweeping houses; the plot in the Massager in the "Operator" is the true experience of each lady. In the massage parlor, from the old lady, the senior lady, the young lady, the new lady, and the guest who is regarded as the general existence of the gods, different class groups are crushing and exploiting each other, reflecting the external and broad world, so familiar. It is the heroine who plays the role of Yu Jipei in the massage parlor. It is a soul that is uncertain, faces the economic depression, struggles to find a way to survive, and believes that many foreigners who are outside are deeply impressed. Resonating bloody reality.
The plot in the massage parlour in "Operator" is the sum total experience of each lady. Image Courtesy of Mirror Movie.
"As a director, you must be highly curious and interested in everything."
Lu Jinming, who has always been interested in dynamic images, always focuses on "people." The experience of studying and living in the UK has made her feel that she has changed her self-identity in different places and because of geographical and cultural differences. The video works before “Operator” also revolve around this theme. From the video to the similarities and differences between the long filming, Lu Jinming said: "Video art is more abstract, often emphasizing a state, a work is an artist's expression. You do not need to pay attention to whether the audience understands, and do not need to consider commercial value. But the film I have to consider a lot, and the story becomes very important. I have been thinking since I filmed, "Can the audience understand the story? Is it too much or too little?" These are all videos that need to be considered." Film creation is relatively capable of expressing the complex psychology of stories and characters, helping her to clarify the issues that she wants to explore and think, and more in line with current needs to become the focus of creation.
"Your heart must be open forever. Regardless of the status of society, people of all kinds and types (bankers, rich second generation, farmers, government officials, thieves, etc.) must be treated with empathy as much as possible. In this way, you can understand their psychological world and master their pain, joy and pressure, and then guide the actors to show them the true side of these characters on the screen."
"A lot of things can only be seen after a deep understanding, including politics, crime, feelings. - These often lead me to inspiration. I like to hear stories, whether they are stories or legends of friends. Source of inspiration. So it is very helpful to make friends. You hear different voices and watch different things from different angles. As long as the story is moving and you can convince others, you will complete the film no matter what happens, everyone will be willing to support You. The particularity of the story is also very important. The more special and unseen the story is, the more attractive." For her, the most important thing about being a director is to keep everything high. Curious and interested.
"I like to hear stories, whether it is a story or a legend from a friend, it is a source of inspiration." - Lu Jinming. Photography/ Tiffany.
The director and the actor jointly set up a clear and clear human reality.
Chen Xiangqi, who won the Golden Horse Award not long ago, is a highlight of the "Operator" and starred in the corner of the senior lady in the massage salon. "This role is very complicated, and every shot has a little change - like a slowly opening shell. The beginning of the tight defense, and then in the scene before the mirror, the whole person has become gentle." Lu Jinming described The character of Chen Xiangqi plays. For Lu Jinming, Chen Xiangqi is a coveted candidate. The filming process of Chen Xiangqi is also like being possessed by a character. The powerful atmosphere of the film is difficult to get close to; the crew and even the actor Stephen Pucci who is playing with her are almost unable to cope. . Until the crew returned to Kaohsiung to film the last scene - the last scene in the film, Chen Xiangqi and the director mentioned afterwards, on the day of completion, he returned to the hotel, lying on the bed and looking at the ceiling, as if to see something drifting away. "I have witnessed the performance of Chen Xiangqi as an actor.——Xiang Qi invited the soul of the character to come in, and the actor seemed to become another individual. Lu Jinming recalled.
"Chen Xiangqi's role is very complicated, and every shot has a little change - like a slowly opening shell." Image Courtesy of mirror movie.
In the process of directing the feature film, Lu Jinming believes that the most necessary thing is empathy; she gives the actors a situation in the filming process, hoping that they can introduce their own experience and truly integrate into the role, bringing the audience a sense of realism and persuasion. The performance, "The most important thing for myself is to tell the story "sincerely." Exploring the complex aspects of human nature and entanglement with oneself, "In most cases, there are many "grey zones", this is the real side. People are not black and white with things, what is "good", what is "bad" "There is no single answer." Ji Peihui plays the role of morality and cleansing in the film, but can't resist the temptation of interest; the harsh old man gives a helping hand when Dina collapses - "Operator It is not "absolute evil" or "absolute goodness" that is focused on. The multifaceted and devious of each character is the true appearance of "humanity."
The dream of gradually shrinking as the age grows, it is even more necessary to insist on not giving up
From assisting friends to filming, to assistant directors and assistant directors, the story to be told is becoming clearer. With time accumulation and input, facing the dreams of the past, it can now be said to be realized.
"You don't think that the bigger the dream, the smaller the dream?" Ji Peihui's line is the most profound feeling of Lu Jinming. Image Courtesy of Mirror Movie.
"You don't think that the bigger the dream, the smaller the dream?"
However, Ji Peihui’s impressive line in the film is also the deepest feeling that Lu Jinming feels at the moment. “This should be the feeling that many people can experience in the past and change over time. When we still don’t know the day. Whenever there is how high and how big the land is, any dream can be realized. But when we step into the real land, many dreams suddenly become out of reach; "Oh, actually, I am not bad." , forget it, think too much." Because of this attitude, many dreams are even more impossible to achieve. When I saw people who had encountered many of these conditions in the week, Lu Jinming was even more vigilant. "I want to do it, and I have to finish it, otherwise the road I have gone will be gone."
"I hope that we (foreigners) will not forget the original intention. Why do you come to a foreign land in the first place? In order to pursue a better life? A better opportunity? Or to learn? After a long time, we often forget this original intention. Under the pressure of real life, it becomes accepted and does not want to make any changes. But many times it can be changed, but it takes a lot of courage."
Recently, the good news of this work "Operator" was included, including the best film in the Milan International Film Festival, and the heroine Ji Peihui was selected as the best actress. Lu Jinming has already started writing the next script. "It will be similar to the "Operator". It is about a woman, about the floating, discreteness of a stranger, and the feeling of being incomplete in the process of finding identity." Looking at the many tough and tough female stories around me, it is a great thing to be able to speak for female stories as a female director. Starting from such a heavy personal experience around me, I continue to see many people continue to struggle for the pursuit of dreams. She hopes to scream with the audience through the film "Operator"."The new generation must continue to create, dare to discover the stories around, dare to tell stories in their own way, and use the sincerity of the story to touch people. As long as you don't give up, you have the opportunity to walk out of your own day." She is so convinced.