A openly misogynistic film with a cheesy romance and shallow notions of wealth and poverty. Everything in the film is attached with strong stereotypes(ie. homeless guy with communist signs) . It fails horribly at challenging what's at stake with the 2nd Rich culture in China. Another annoying Chinese film with a flat happy ending - woman can only depend on money and her boyfriend's attention to have true happiness.
New World concentrates more on visuals than plot development, creating a picture of a city in the midst of modern decay. There are interesting plot elements at work; an ailing Japan and a rising China, and two cultures in the midst of huge a transition and identity crises. Unfortunately the plot is plagued by an unfocused/meandering approach, poor performances, and lethargic pacing.
I remember twenty some years ago meeting the director of Tampopo, another Japanese movie with acting easily criticized by western audiences yet with a wistful and whimsical ambience that makes it an instant classic, as long a we realize it is not American, who would have thought the Chinese would be called selfish as they are in this film. It is delightful.
God awful. Where to start..editing: bad; acting: terrible; story; incomprehensible. I’m guessing this “heartwarming” Christmas story won some Japanese junior high kid some sort of shitty film award. The best part of the movie (and by “best” I mean hilariously bad) is a chase scene where a grown man is unable to catch a 5 ft. tall Chinese girl with high heels and a 8 yr. old boy. Skip it.