Romance in the Mind

Somehow it feels that a big jump in the number of virus cases will come soon. The grim foreboding. You don’t want to face it, but you feel that you can hear the approaching sound of terror. Today the number of virus cases are climbing a frightening steep curve to 427 in New Jersey.

Maybe I can watch a romantic movie to escape to a different world. I usually like to watch sad movies when escapism takes hold of me. Which movie? Actually the more important question for me is not what movie to choose but rather an American movie or an Asian movie? My mind seems to process these two kinds of movies in different ways. I don’t know how and why, but it does that all the time. The brain cells that cause the flowing tears and cathartic sighs for Momeo Yamaguchi or for Dae Jang Geum are very different from the cells that stir up the emotional ups and downs for “English Patient” and “An Affair to Remember”.

Other than the differences of cultures, the point of views are different. Momeo Yamaguchi’s movies and Dae Jang Geum are telling the stories from a woman point of view, while “English Patient” and “An Affair to Remember” express feelings through the mind of men. Could the gender differences weigh more than cultural differences?

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