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Xiari nuanyangyang

Ning Ying China, 2000

Squashua's rating of the film I Love Beijing

A narrative incredibly reminiscent of Wong Kar-Wai's early work except without many of the visual flourishes and with a tendency for lo-fi normcorm-esque filming & the 'exploring-a-city-via-wandering' mentality the Italian Neo-realists had back in the 1950's. For a film that seems to be billed as a love letter to a city, it is surprisingly downbeat and unwilling to romanticise within the endless jungle of concrete.