Feng Xiaogang has made his best film to date with this often savage attack on Chinese bureaucracy where self preservation outweighs helping the individual. But what is most interesting is that the so-called 'victim' really is at heart wrong in her quest for 'justice' as well. The film's aesthetics often overwhelm the story however with its circular framing and other tricks. Fan Bingbing offers as strong turn here.
Thousand-leaf politics that dissects China. Pictural refinement & stunning landscapes. The framing in a perfectly circle opens at key moments on large vibrant scenes. = Bluffing. Mille-feuilles politique qui dissèque la Chine moderne & moyenageuse. Raffinement graphique, paysages sidérants de beauté. Le cadrage dans un cercle parfaitement équilibré s'ouvre à des moments-clés sur de grandes scènes vibrantes. Bluffant.