If you had to describe each of your favorite movies with a color, what colors would you choose?
It’s a question that’s often on Chu Sin-hang’s mind. As a serious movie buff, this Hong Kong-based illustrator enjoys reimagining her favorite movies as Pantone colors. Then, using these colors as canvases, she recreates iconic scenes with strokes of black and white. The project began in 2017, when she put Léon: The Professional (1994) on a backdrop of Apple Green, and it’s kept growing ever since. As of today, Chu’s FILMTONE series features over 100 charming illustrations of movies across all genres.“The FILMTONE series is basically just my way of sharing the movies that I love with others,” she says.
We caught up with Chu one afternoon and asked her to recommend some of her favorite films for different moods and occasions in the hopes of uncovering some hidden gems that might have slipped under our radar.
如果要为你喜欢的电影挑选一种颜色，那会是什么颜色呢？作为一位资深的电影迷，香港插画家朱倩珩（Chu Sin-hang）细细地品味每一部自己喜欢的电影，从中“感受”出一种出自 PANTONE（潘通）色卡的颜色。再加上黑与白，每一幅作品都只运用三种颜色，描绘出那些电影里的经典画面。从 2017 年画下的第一部电影《这个杀手不太冷》开始，至今她已经创作了一百多部电影插画，成为了这个可爱的作品系列《FILMTONE》。
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
It’s too difficult to pick a particular movie, but Wes Anderson’s films are undoubtedly my favorites.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) / 《了不起的狐狸爸爸》
Moonrise Kingdom (2012) / 《月升王国》
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) / 《布达佩斯大饭店》
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) /《穿越大吉岭》
Isle of Dogs (2018)《犬之岛》
What movie do you never hesitate to watch again, no matter how many times you’ve seen it?
I’ve watched and re-watched countless Hayao Miyazaki’s animated films since I was a little kid. I can always pick up something new on each viewing.
Spirited Away (2001) / 《千与千寻》
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) / 《哈尔的移动城堡》
Princess Mononoke (1997) / 《幽灵公主》
What have you seen recently that you’d recommend to all your friends?
Searching (2018). The creative use of texting, webcams, and FaceTime videos was really cool and made it a worthwhile watch.
《网络谜踪》运用了非常有创意的叙事手法，电影全由手机短信、网络摄像机、视讯画面等 “荧幕” 所见画面组成，我觉得实在太酷了，很值得一看。
What Hong Kong film would you recommend to someone who’s never seen any?
I’d recommend Chungking Express (1994) by Wong Kar-wai. It’s about the melancholy and loneliness of living in a large metropolis. The film was shot in locations with frenetic urban energy, like Lan Kwai Fong and Tsim Sha Tsui, so the audience can get a taste of Hong Kong’s hustle and bustle, as well as its beauty.
What’s the perfect movie for a first date?
I think Once (2007) is one of the best movies for a first date. First dates are about finding out if you can connect with someone and how you connect with them. Once is a movie that talks about these subtle connections.
What’s a good movie to watch on sleepless nights?
I’d pick Lost in Translation (2003). Watching Bob (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) deal with ennui and culture shock in Tokyo always pulls me into a state of jet-lag-like dreaminess. This mood makes me feel out of place and exhausted—and hence, cures my insomnia.
What movie would you recommend for someone with a broken heart?
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) by Michel Gondry is about a couple who decide to undergo a medical procedure to erase each other from their memories after their relationship turns sour. Although the ending is sad, the movie reminds us there’s plenty of joy along the way. I think this movie might, to a certain extent, soothe a broken heart.
What movie would you recommend to cheer up someone who’s down in the dumps?
Amélie (2001) by Jean-Pierre Jeunet always helps me when I’m feeling my lowest. There’s something beautiful about the character Amélie. If you’re depressed, the comedic scenes will help perk you up.
Has a movie ever left you so stunned that you couldn’t get up from your seat even after the credits?
Yes, The Truman Show (1998). The film explores the idea of surveillance and takes it to an extreme. The plot seems ridiculous at first, yet there’s quite a lot to reflect on. It messed with my head and made me question myself. What if every moment of my life was being monitored for public entertainment? What if my existence was a lie? What if the society I lived in was a conspiracy?
If you were stranded on a desert island and could pick just one movie to keep you company, what would it be?
You’ve reminded me of a film I enjoyed a lot but haven’t drawn yet! I’d probably bring Cast Away (2000) by Robert Zemeckis. If I were stuck on a desert island, Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) and Wilson the volleyball would definitely be my best companions. This movie would be a lifesaver. It would also help me deal with loneliness and mental anguish.