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Biandan, guniang

Wang Xiaoshuai China, 1998

José Neves's rating of the film So Close to Paradise

Some moments of glow (as the frames in open spaces and crowds, the reflection of the face of the boy in the wall of his bedroom at night) will not disguise something very clear: this is a film that follows several clichés and standard situations without finding a language of its own. Wong-Kar-wai and a jaded history of gangs overlap the film, and its narrativity is an absolute commonplace.