I was intrigued by the focus on a female protagonist, but I quickly became disappointed. Yu has no aspirations aside from romance. The characters don't have clear motivations for their actions. Student organizing is a superficial backdrop to romance. And did showing nudity really add something? Though it has some redeeming qualities, the film's narrative and aesthetic choices just didn't hold together for me.
Cheap and anti-feminist. A very shallow representation of female sexuality(and sexuality in general) which glosses over the complexities of such an intense political moment in history. The cinematography could have borne much potential had it been motivated by a compelling and thoughtful plot. Throughly disappointing.
An engaging romance drama about the complicated voyage of love and affection in the mist of political out lash linked with protests of Tiananmen Square in 1989. Great acting from complimenting cast, marvelous score, lasting impression on what it means to be loved. More of a character study on bonds than anything! Capitalizes on the highs and lows of relationships(loneliness, affairs, marriage, distance). Great watch!
I may not have loved the first film I saw from Lou Ye but this makes up for it. It's about the wayward path that we take as we move from our teenage years to adulthood, how the world seems out of focus until events sharpen things to a pinhead, the mistakes along the way, and those people/feelings that keep drawing you back, even as you realise that they're not necessarily going to be good for you in the long term.
Dull, soapy melodrama. The central character acts in ways that suggest mental health problems, but the director doesn't want to acknowledge this; for him, it's just some vague sort of Suffering. Other characters are mere blanks. Made watchable by fine use of hand-held camera and interesting editing style.
Such a beautiful, yet sometimes unsettling, movie about love. Much better than Ye's previous movie, Purple Butterfly, as apart from incredibly well-shot, it is also very interesting and thought-provoking. The story of the movie and especially the theme of everlasting dramatic love and difficulty for finding peace and happiness resonated with me. Also, the ending felt very close to my heart. Great movie!
Baiting Chinese censors with full frontal nudity and a depiction of the incident-that-must-not-be-named, this 6th generation film is a moving story of relationships torn apart by competing emotions and political exile. Perhaps too long, and perhaps too reliant on a Wong Kar-Wai style it can't quite emulate, this film nevertheless has a passion and authenticity missing in so much of contemporary Chinese cinema.
A sensory experience -- an IMAX film if told by students - unlike most coming-of-age films I've seen. It reminded me of Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, with contrasting scenes of scarred people and the use of classical music. The whirring motion underscored the internal chaos and emotional upheaval of young adults attempting to come to grips (mainly unsuccessfully) with their identities and sense of self-worth.
True lovers want love to destroy them. And then they want their lover to save them. They wish to be destroyed by love so that they can be saved. And if their lover doesn’t save them, they wish to be destroyed even more, Coz there’s no point in living. Lovers never meeting each other again is tragic. Lovers meeting each other again only when it’s too late is more so.
This was really not what I expected, and I was overwhelmed both by how gorgeous and how bizarrely paced this film is. It moves at a breakneck pace sometimes, collapsing key events into montages, and other times lingers for what feels like forever. This gets tiresome. Once I got over the film's erraticism and gave in to its achingly sad evocation of time and romantic emptiness, however, I got a lot more out of it.
Oy. The follies of youth. The film isn't horrible, but it tries to cram too much in what could be a poignant story of love lost and lost again. Not sure if the interlude of the Tienanmen Square protests adds much if anything to the film; I think it rather detracts from it, and invites unfavorable comparisons to "The Unbearable Lightness of Being." I also winced at the "where are they now" updates at the end.
Authentic, raw Chinese epos about a country girl coming to Beijing and losing herself in a swirl of strong desires, confusion and obsessive passion. Set against the background of the 1989 Tianan Men incident, this is one of the best Chinese movies i ever saw. Lei Hao is a brillant actress.
I actually turned this off about an hour in, bored by a lack of emotional investment in the characters and a constant stream of pointless sex. While there is some lovely cinematography in this film and the back drop of the protests adds an edge, there is just not enough substance to keep me invested. It really lost me as it fast forwarded in time using a titled montage that included characters we'd never met.