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After Yang

by van ngan phan 2 months ago in movie review
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After Yang

In recent years, I have come into contact with many Asian directors, such as Zhao Ting and Lee Isaak Jeong. I also saw many films with Oriental elements, such as Yi starring Joan Chen and Joy Luck Club starring Wayne Wang. In the Chinese fan circle, such works can always attract attention. We are always exploring the expansion and integration of national films, hoping to meet a heart-stirring work and open another path for Oriental culture to penetrate the world.

Guo gongda's "After Yang" hits the audience straight in an unexpected way: the cloak of soft science fiction is draped over the skeleton of ancient Oriental philosophy. Images, like flesh and blood, fill the fabric and skeleton, making it not dry and formless, but full and shiny. Like "Under the Skin" exhibition museum display of the skeleton art, coruscated with a long and profound vitality.

Yang is a culture-type robot, meaning it has been infused with some specific cultural background and knowledge, and its wisdom comes from the long history of Chinese civilization. In the future, these are specific inputs that people will make for robots to better integrate into various families.

Yang has rich knowledge of Chinese tea. When he communicated with Jack about the tea ceremony, he did not store some ancient fables with his rich knowledge. Instead, he was absorbed in the ringing sound of the teacup in Jack's hands and the melodious rhyme of the water pouring out of the teapot. It expects to have the feeling of walking in the forest after rain, and the process of falling in love with tea ceremony similar to Jack. It is not only objective cognition of tea, but also subjective memory. At that time, Yang lost his train of thought, which was the first step to self-knowledge. Or to begin to realize that, as an ontology, one should have the first step of self-knowledge. Here, the camera shifts subtly: Yang smiles at herself in the mirror.

Lacan's mirror theory states that the establishment of consciousness takes place at a mysterious moment in an infant's prelinguistic period. When a baby recognizes his own image in a mirror, he is aware of the wholeness of his body. At this point, instead of continuing to refer to Yang as "it", we should refer to Yang as "he". There is no denying that The distance between Yang and Jack is getting closer.

Maybe this is not Yang's first step, just the audience's first step. Guo Gongda through memory card memory flashback layer upon layer to reveal the answer to the riddle. Jack is looking for clues in the huge and magnificent memory card nebula. At the moment when the Alpha compression package is unsealed, huge life information comes to his face, as if all the dusty life scrolls were knocked down by Jack's stumble. All that remains is a tribute to human memory. The scene still turns to Yang smiling in front of the mirror. This first step is repeated countless times. As a second-hand robot, Yang is much like a grafted tree branch, constantly merging with new families to realize the continuation and rebirth of life. It may be too full to say the vicissitudes of life, or too deep to say the vicissitudes of life, but At least Yang has begun to have a sense of life, not just the shape and outline of himself in the mirror. He gradually touched the fingertip of Chinese culture, from the shallow to the deep, and completed the exploration from the purpose to the root. From this point of view, Guo gongda's control of the structure of the text is so precise that the cloning of IDA connects the past and the present time and space, so that the audience's cognition of the film and Yang's self-cognition have empathy.

Do Bionic Men Dream of Electric Sheep, the book on which the film Blade Runner is based, points out that robots also have intuitions. They're not just fast arithmetic machines; they think, sleep and dream. After watching "After Yang", you will have a new understanding of robots. Not only do they have human emotions and memories, but they can also talk to you about philosophy and ultimate questions. Whether we call them intelligent robots or bionic robots or artificial humans, we will eventually have to admit that they are people. Jack admitted, Guo Gongda told the audience with an intertext, Jack admitted. Yang is about to take a family photo, and Jack in his perspective urges him to stand over and take a picture together. At that time, both the audience and Jack show a sense of anxiety, and the picture presents a texture similar to machine jam, but in fact, Yang is also a robot. When Jack reexamines this memory from Yang's perspective, he reads a trance on Yang's face. We can interpret Yang's inner activities in a thousand ways, but jack and we must admit that the trance belongs to the spiritual territory of human beings. His sense of self is always working and developing.

Lao-tzu said, "The end of the world in the eyes of hairy worms is what we call a butterfly." Yang finally reached his use-by date and turned off his computer. It is no longer important whether Yang can be reborn as a butterfly, but what is important is that he completes the process of self-awakening. As for the subsequent cognitive journey, Guo Gongda describes the Oriental Zen world created by the sky, water, trees and bird song with life indicators throughout the film. I could not help but think of the sense of breathing in Kawase's works. Yang and I were breathing together.

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