I’m trying so hard and the solution is so simple. If the government and the media jump in and help and spread all this, and say, “It’s really urgent, and everyone must do it,” then we still have time: Two years. Okay, it’s short, but we have time, to keep the planet ‘as is.’ Not as good as before, but as is, and not worse. But they don’t do it.
No meat anymore and then we’re saved. Truly, it’s very simple! Just use the meatless or animal-less diet; use sustainable energy, with limitless sun or wave power; and plant trees. Everyone can plant only a couple of trees, not a lot. And the government, instead of putting money into war, they could just use the money to pay people to plant trees in areas of desert, dry climate or where it’s already damaged, to revive the atmosphere. It’s very simple!
Supreme Master Ching Hai
The underwater ruins off Yonaguni coast are exquisite, invaluable, and captivating beyond imagination. The ruins show the advancement of the civilisation over 10 thousand years ago, before the city was flooded, remaining submerged under the sea to the present day. It makes Tsui Hark wonder why no one has given a serious thought about how the priceless treasure could serve as a warning to us on avoiding a repeat of history.
“Actually, it isn’t in my element to do a suspense/mystery. However, as I took a keen interest on the ancient citadel, and also thought that weaving a romantic tale with it would be meaningful, I came up with the story.” In Missing, Tsui Hark wishes to show the ancient civilisation, the relationships between (Wo)Man and environment, the thoughts and concerns of people dwelling in city.
Looking at the gradually evanescing remnants of the historical civilisation inevitably reminds Tsui Hark of the crisis the Earth is facing in the 21st century – global warming: melting of Arctic ice at an alarming rate that results in release of methane from the seabed and rising sea level… The Earth is facing such serious global threats. What are the causes. What would happen to our world 50 years later? How could we change our lifestyles to salvage the situation?
Unfortunately, in today’s society, we lead a materialistic and self-centred life, not caring about environmental issues. Tsui Hark believes that without care and compassion towards life, towards humanity, we are paving our way to destruction, eventually, our lives, our civilisation, our Mother Earth will be destroyed.
Incidentally, Roland Emmerich, director of The Day After Tomorrow, is making another apocalyptic movie 2012, set for release in Summer 2009 due to urgency. How would Roland Emmerich be destroying the earth this time? Is he also exploring the impact of global warming, in the movie about an academic researcher who opens a portal into a parallel universe and makes contact with his double in order to prevent an apocalypse predicted by the ancient Mayans?
It’s with all these environmental concerns that lead to Missing, which Tsui Hark hopes through this suspense mystery, transports the audience into the world of this terrifying historical slumber. For every work, Tsui Hark completely immerses himself into the made-belief yet breathing story world, and at the same time, he would try to view it from the perspective of the audience, this time being no exception.
When filming, Tsui Hark imagines if in the future, the people have to lead an aquatic life, their lifestyles, their psyche would undergo tremendous metamorphosis. The underwater world is unfathomable, every minute sound would be amplified, even the perception of distance differs greatly. While filming has long been completed, the fantasy world left behind a truly exotic experience, even till today, Tsui Hark is still living in the fascination of the mysterious beauty of the underwater world. Sina