Song lyrics turned into film images

Song lyrics turned into film images
A bland romance between a girl who loses her hearing (Ginnie Han) and a rocker (Alan Ko, both above) who is still pining for his former bandmate in Rhythm Of The Rain.

Award-winning Mandopop lyricist Vincent Fang Wen-shan has told many acclaimed stories in three-minute-long pop songs.

Yet two hours were not enough for him to relate the tale he had in his mind when he turned to film-making with his debut feature Rhythm Of The Rain.

There are "several scenes in the film that can be longer", he tells Life! in an interview when he was in town this week to promote the movie.

"There are some very touching moments which I think could be extended. Viewers are just getting into the moment and about to cry, but the scenes end too quickly and so they become missed opportunities," says the soft-spoken 44-year-old Taiwanese.

"The same goes for some of the funnier moments. They become missed opportunities too."

But he is happy enough with the film to give himself "80 marks" for his maiden outing as director.

"There's still room for improvement. I'd have loved to re-shoot the scenes or re-edit in post- production, but there was just no time to do that."

Rhythm Of The Rain is a romance drama about a girl (played by newcomer Ginnie Han) who loses her hearing after a motorbike accident. She starts dating a sunny rocker (Alan Ko) but he appears to still be pining for his former love, Sharon (Vivian Hsu). The film opens in cinemas on Oct 10.

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