Probably one of the best bio-pics ever made, This beautiful story about the famous silent Chinese film star Ruan Ling Yu is presented in fantastic manner of story telling. A film that tries to recapture and reflect the life of a movie star that will never grace the screen again like she has.
Really 4.5 in my book. One of the very best biopics ever done (and I hate the form typically). Kwan really hits nearly all the buttons on this one (he finds a few great poetic devices I wish he would have used a bit more though) and Maggie Cheung cements her legacy as one of the greatest actresses in the world during the last 30 years in painting this portrait of a legend who was victimized by society.
this is how you look at a life...
love the meta-commentary scenes with kwan, cheung and the other performers discussing scenes from her life
great scene where they talk about squatting
when it comes back later in the movie it's enough to make you cry
didn't QUITE understand from the depiction in the movie what it was in her character or society in that moment that lead to her demise — so more like 4.5 stars lol
Conceptually the film was great. The archive footage , documentary style interviews and the unfolding of a melodrama on its won was potentially brilliant. I say potentially since I think Kwan could have perhaps persisted a more audacious approach, the distinction within the three is too well-defined, he perhaps could have used all three towards a single narrative, using frequent cuts and overlapping scenes.