Movie Reviews – Guang

It was finally the end of a long and grueling week of March Common Tests, and a friend and I decided to head to the cinema to catch a film.

Skipping over the ever popular Marvel film, (I, personally, am not a huge fan of Marvel) despite the both of us having reservations about the language it was in, we decided to go in for a Chinese film instead – Guang. Even though we were sniggered at by the ticket vendor when she found out we were there to buy movie tickets to Guang (she probably thought that we were going to watch the Marvel movie…or maybe it could have just been the way we pronounced the Chinese word), we were pleasantly surprised at how much we ended up enjoying the movie!

(Warning: This movie contains many tear-jerking scenes that will tug at your heartstrings, hard, so remember to bring a packet of tissue along!)

Guang is a Malaysian film staring Kyo Chen and Ernest Chong. This 4/5-star rated film is about a man with autism, Wen Guang, who lives with his younger brother. Wen Guang is drawn to glassware that is able to produce melodious notes and nothing gets in his way of attaining these items. However, his younger brother is pushing him to look for a stable job and feels like he is being tied down by being the sole caregiver to Wen Guang.

This film largely changed my perceptions to music, and I was amazed by the creativity and depth of the conclusion, there were zero giveaways in the film that could have led me to predicting the ending. (No spoilers!) There was a strong sense of both familial and romantic love, without the latter being too overbearingly corny; and the film was centered around, both a new and familiar take, on very well-known disorder of autism. The true story captured the essence of chasing your dreams and overcoming challenges and also puts across the message of trying to look at things from a different perspective. There was quite a number of heart-wrenching scenes, the sort that can (and did) send tears streaming down our faces. All in all, despite the storyline being a little bit draggy at the beginning, it all was well worth it when it hit the buildup towards the end of the film.

Relating it back to our everyday lives, the key idea, as there always is one that touches in a movie as good as this one, we all have different abilities and disabilities, and it is imperative to treat everyone equally and fairly. We should all try to understand each others’ way of thinking without jumping into conclusions easily and assuming.

Let this be a life lesson to us all.


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