Excellent acting, but . . . . . the LA Times claimed: "A deeply moving gangster love story" - - now way!
The NY Times raved: "Enthralling" - - negative!
The SF Chronicle gushed: "Exceptional" - - not even!
Too lacking in substance . . . too one-dimensional . . . too Maoist, akin to American movie making at its worst!
During the director's interview, the director makes a big deal about some phrase being untranslatable from Mandarin [Putonghua] - - bulltwacky! The phrase means the criminal life - - what trivial nonsense! [I was impressed by the erudite translator, Mr. Chang, for remaining awake throughout.]
On the plus side, this past week: for the very first time I heard NPR - - infamous for their pro-CCP stories - - actually refer to ". . . . the Beijing-controlled government of Hong Kong." [Now that's a first!]
And the other day I heard a WaPo reporter actually refer to China as a "totalitarian state"! [Fact from a WaPo newsy? Has Hell frozen over with flying pigs dropping from the sky?]
The CCP/China movie industry should stick to those Taoist-fantasy-asexual romance-blah and mixed up movies - - they are below average but it's what they do best!
The will never match the top-of-the-line Hong Kong movies - - NEVER!
[In China there's a $61,000 criminal fine for the viewing of porn - - but porn is highly intellectual compared to the drivel out of China!]
A Chinese love story between a young woman and her petty mafia boyfriend. This film was a Chinese submittal for Palme d'Or competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Jia Zhang-Ke. Possibly of the social realism genre?? Happiness and not so much happiness.
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