Real Online

  • 79'
  • Taiwan
  • 2005
‘Over the top’ you can say if a comic or farcical style is consciously used to excess. But what should you call a style that is not excessive, but only immoderate? One that leaves a sense of style and good taste consciously a long way behind?
Real Online plays a game with online games. The world of the game can be left if wished and the real world can enter the computer game. This is the world of the game Ideal Online. In this, figures walk round like the burly Charlie Boy and the spirited Cherry Lips. In this way, the real world is confronted with the logic of the game, in which for instance violence has a very different value and meaning than in the real world.
The film is a satire, although it is not always clear of what. Cartoon-esque men and women do not allow themselves to be led by logic, desires or emotions, but by the harsh simplicity of the game world. The occasionally far from subtle humour is very catchy thanks to the consistent game frame.
It is of course entirely logical that this film has already appeared in its entirety in chapters on YouTube. It also fits in the reasoning behind Happy Endings of Cinema, another programme section this year. But in order to avoid the festival screening being unnecessary, the producer has asked YouTube to remove the film (temporarily?). And that has been done. (GjZ)


Director
John Hsu
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Taiwan
Production Year
2005
Festival Edition
IFFR 2007
Length
79'
Medium
Betacam Digi PAL
Original title
Ching teng jou hsien shih
Language
Mandarin
Producer
Arthur Chu
Production Company
Oxygen Films
Sales
Public Television Service Foundation
Screenplay
John Hsu
Cinematography
Chen Cheng-De
Editor
Yang Bang-Yen
Music
Pixelfly Digital
Cast
Yu Kuan-Yao, Hsieh Hsin-Ying