Red Amnesia is not hard to frame as a kind of Chinese variation on Haneke's Caché. History, deceit, privilege, and a very particular kind of cross-generational retribution (here terminating in unimaginative tragedy). There is some sophistication here, and some images that stick. I have to say, though, that lead actress Zhong Lü, aside from playing an unsympathetic character, is outright annoying. Regrettable.
The latest from Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle) tells an interesting tale of an old woman struggling to keep her extended family together while battling some internal demons of her past that may have come back to haunt her. Zhong Lu offers a very strong performance here adding layers to this mysterious tale.
Its great to see mainland China opening up and revealing itself in glimpses for us to learn a little about it. I had not seen images of China like that,previously i had only seen kung-fu or John Woo type action films but that's from Hong Kong though. Like the Soviet or Iranian filmmakers because of censorship this film is subtle,lyrical and poetic while reflecting its characters' Mao era past.
From the vantage point of my upbringing, there is no way for me to fairly judge the politics of the cultural revolution or its legacy. Neither can I render any real verdict on the cost that China's industrial modernization is having on the fabric of its society. But I can say that this is a haunting story that deals with universal themes of redemption and atonement without offering any easy, sentimental resolution.
an incredible film. an ageing widow haunted by the veiled guilt of her actions during china's cultural revolution decades previous now threatening to spill over the surface as the foundations of her life are shattered. the careful cinematography-slow, precise, each movement lingering a tinge too long as to feel slightly uneasy-mirrors meijuans disembodiment and the silent stealthy legacy of chinas upheaval of the 60s
This is a deeply unnerving thriller and social commentary on the ghosts of the Cultural Revolution and our collective amnesia regarding the past. The Mandarin title "Intruder" is better suited: there are echoes of Haneke's "Caché" where the mere act of being observed triggers guilt, paranoia and dread, dredging up sins long forgotten.