Ang Lee adapts revered Chinese writer Eileen Chang’s novel into a powerful drama of desire and commitment in tormented China of the 40s. The film brings back a moment in history. An erotic thriller and a study on human condition.
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The story line is impressive. I was bored the first time because all I saw was women playing mahjong, until the story kicked in. I was speechless by the time the film ended. It's still one of the best I've seen.
It was a very beautiful, very moving piece of work. The colors were bright and sharp, the eye-level medium close-ups were done majestically, lovingly taking in all the subtle glances, half-smiles and nuanced gestures the actors so wonderfully executed. It is an elegant film. And one worth watching (in its original language, please). The ending however could have been different. I felt the tiniest bit cheated.
The overall story is a 3 but I nudged it up to 4 on the basis of the film's bold, fearless sexuality. It's completely irrational -- all sexual obsessions are -- and borederline objectionable (or at least questionable) from a feminist point of view. That said, I never got the sense that any of it was for mere titilation. In essence, it's a hypnotic examination of the inextricable push/pull between men and women.
Si el "still" no resulta un aliciente para echarle un ojo a esto, habria que añadir que este estupendo drama cargado de tintes eroticos, ademas de presumir de una puesta en escena en extremo efectiva, es la confirmaciòn de que este es el tipo de cine adecuado para un director (talentoso dentro de lo suyo) como Ang Lee. Màs vale filmar nalguitas que monstruos verdes.
It's funny to me that when 50 Shades of Grey portrays rough sex in a sexist and toxic light we denounce it as misogynistic garbage, but when a Chinese movie does basically the same thing we call it an "erotic thriller"