Couple of days ago, I solicited suggestions for all-time tear-jerker movies, the kind that will give you swollen eyes and runny nose. And here’s what I got:
Rizza: A Moment to Remember
Kamille: I Am David
Andre: The Notebook
Raymond: Simon Birch, The Love of Siam
Jay: Never Let Me Go, Grave of the Fireflies, Toy Story 3, Up
Connet: Joy Luck Club, Requiem for a Dream, The Lives of Others
Carl: Dancer in the Dark
Laurence: Cinema Paradiso
Seph: Men of Honor, Maalaala Mo Kaya (The Movie)
Joseph: Lovely Bones
Jayson: Hachiko, Mr. Holland’s Opus
Ryan: Mrs. Dalloway
Davie: Moment to Remember, Daisy, A Millionaire’s First Love
Joel: One More Chance
Weng: 50 First Dates, All Dogs Go To Heaven, Land Before Time
Maeng: Everthing’s Fine
Graycel: My Sister’s Keeper
Whew. 30 suggestions.
That night I posted my curious question, I was hoping anyone will throw in an effective tear jerker, since my stuffy nose couldn’t give me a decent sleep, and good old reliable Tiger Balm wasn’t reliable.
And so, I forced the mucus out: by crying.
Crying is not as easy to induce as laughter. I could’ve thought of Depressing Memories In My Life, but when I think about them, I start rationalizing, putting things into perspective, then I forget about crying. So movies it is.
Thank god for wonderful friends and former-students-turned-friends –they made me cry. From the very first suggestion, Moment to Remember, I broke down in tears. The last half of the Korean movie saw me shaking and sobbing in front of the laptop, beside a box of Kleenex, while hugging a pillow, like I’m a depressed weirdo who can’t sort shit in her life.
After watching the first movie in this long list, I had a good night sleep, so every night, I would pick a movie from the list, cry, and float in the world of dreams. After a week, I got well. Flu’s gone, no more stuffy nose and excess mucus.
This may sound a little masochistic, but those painfully sad movies made me feel good.
(more on these movies next time. time to go to bed)
yown…ako din pashare sa list.:) hehe
Bakit di ko nakita sa FB thread mo ito? Oh well, huli man daw at magaling, may suggestion pa rin ako: Dancer in the Dark. Hagulgol to the max ako dahil dito.
Maybe it’s late…you might check this K-Movie More Than Blue.
kate, somebody has recommended Dancer in the Dark. it must be really good.
Naalala ko lang: Farewell My Concubine by Kaige Chen. Iniyakan ko rin yung Korean war film na 71 into the Fire. Weird pa kasi umiyak ako when the credits started to roll dahil dun sa last word said during the whole film. Abnormal ata ako. LOL
Waaaw, I wanna see that. War films + korean = i could imagine, kate.
Haha. In fairness sa Into the Fire, walang Korean boybands and hordes of screaming fangirls. Lume-level nga sa Hollywood ang production na magandang combo sa linis ng cinematography/style ng Korean film makers. ^_^
Tae Guk Gi! (Brotherhood of War) 🙂
mmmm sounds tough! thanks for the recommendation.
If you have time Ms. Ai, I think you should watch Love Phobia – a 2006 South Korean film – and Koizora (Sky of Love, 2007 Japanese film). I really cried a lot until the last minute of these two movies.. or it is just me? haha.
hahaha nice title! love phobia. im sure it’s not just you. it’s this chemical that korean films are made of. haha thanks for the suggestion!