"Reality for its own sake is not what interests me. If my films had to be perfect reconstructions of reality, I would not make them. I begin with reality and see what higher idea comes out of it."
One of the best movies I saw last year, was made in 1964. Kawaita Hana (Pale Flower) is a Japanese yakuza film directed by Shinoda Masahiro. It is a story about a yakuzu gangster but it is also so much more than that. There are so many beautiful scenes; I am surprised that there aren't more movie stills available. The film's main characters, Muraki & Saeko are dressed impeccably and the cinematography is so gorgeous it's is almost a character in itself. It is the ultimate in uber-cool.
The following is Yang Fudong's short film entitled "First Spring." It comprises of beautiful somnambulistic imagery depicting Prada's latest clothing collection. Reminiscent, to me, in mood, in style of the above film. Dreamy & surreal, seemingly possessing more below the surface. And selling Prada.