Found this a struggle; less would have definitely been more. The central satirical point is that there can be a resolution without anything truly being resolved when for most of those involved the main aim is merely to be as little disturbed as possible. The final scenes do, however, have genuine emotional resonance.
"Lo Spielberg d'Oriente" abbandona il grande blockbuster per dedicarsi a un cinema più intimo e sottile, con un film nel quale un'irriconoscibile Fan Bingbing si scontra contro il complesso sistema burocratico della Repubblica Popolare Cinese. Le curiose scelte stilistiche e il ritmo non proprio sfavillante rendono le due ore e venti piuttosto indigeste, ma il risultato è una peculiare e coraggiosa commedia nera.
since it's quite long i watched it in 3 sittings over about a month, so i feel involved in the story. brilliant joke on the way goverments run in all countries actually, not just in china. the cinematograpghy was great. the places where it was shot were lovely and the square/round frame made it feel more intimate. i enjoyed watching it change. the soundtrack caught me by suprise so many times. in a good way though.
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.
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.