Art Movie Murder Mystery where everyone and everything
are Ugly and Disgusting, with the exception of soulful
mainland indie actress
Huang Lu, she's at least a bit likeable and pitiable in this film. What
is it about these mainland actors appearing in Hong Kong films ?
They started showing up some 20 years ago (after 1997) and i remember,
when watching some HK movie and seing an actor i hadn't seen
before burning up the screen with some silent fire, wondering who's
that guy ... or woman? Yes, always a mainland China actor, actress.
Hong Kong actors often were hamming it up, maybe because of working
in the Hyperkinetic style of the Old Hong Kong cinema?
But, on the other side of it, it was that Hyperkinetic Cinema that made
me love Hong Kong film, so ... what's my point? I've no idea, i lost
my thread here, sorry, but a mix of HK and China sounds fine with Hong
Kong director's and Chinese actors.
There has been some buzz surrounding this film and director
Lee Cheok Pan, a new talent in the style of once Pang Ho Cheung perhaps?
The film was unpleasant with lots of unlikeable people annoying you,
and also somewhat pretentious with the director trying to be edgy,
vulgar and provocative. Trying to be edgy. We've seen it before from
art directors all around the world trying to be raw and real, like a
Lars von Trier or a Gaspar Noé, making a name for him/her- self.
Violence, suicide, gore, fucking and ejaculations. Very exciting ....or
Grow up FFS. But I really like Noé and he has made a masterpiece
of cinema, the beautiful and surprisingly tender "Enter the Void".
Yeah, and ending a novel or a film with suicides are
a cheap way out faking some emotional depth. It's a bad and worn cliché,
OK, besides that and the fact that i don't like pretentious artmovie
asshole directors, what's good about this film then, anything ?
Yes, it's Visually interesting looking and with thanks to cinematographer
Karl Tam, it's Angry and intense and with an outstanding
soulful performance from Huang Lu. What a presence she has.
The film was nominated for 6 HK film awards
G Girl Chiu Yu Ting (Hanna Chan) attends an elite school
college and her father, or stepfather, Master Lung (Chapman To) is a
crime cop AND an underworld gangster boss, that uses prostitutes and
murders people, including some mainland guy that he kills
because he's a mainland Chinese and therefore without any human worth
.... is this an attempt at satire or black comedy?
Huang Lu plays Lung's girlfriend the mainland prostitute Li Xiao-Mei
and she speaks mandarin in the film (i think).
The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen with
cantonese and some mandarin audio with english subtitles
Extra: some Making of featurettes, teaser and a trailer