One afternoon, the life of an Chinese woman abruptly changes when she believes that she has just witnessed a UFO flying through the sky. The village chief takes advantage of this unexpected event to boost the local economy. Under the scrutinizing eye of the police, a collective portrait unfolds.
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A delightful strange movie. Shi Ke is very fine as a woman who (maybe) spots a UFO after an illicit shag with her married boyfriend. Udo Kier pops in for an awesome cameo. Many wonderful scenes; one near the end cuts between wedding guests dancing in the rain and protesters getting knocked around. But really, the whole thing is a gorgeous kick in the head.
What an absolutely wonderfully insane film. A razor sharp social and political satire that includes UFOs, strange crystals, random farm animal POVs and even freakin' Udo Kier! How can you not love this?
Beautifully filmed, creative storytelling. UFO sports a wicked sense of humor, some of which translates directly, like the principles of the rich ("only invest other people's money", "turn shit into gold", "the packaging is more important than the product" - all punctuated by "Oh yeah!"). Similarly, much of the pathos was universal but some aspects of the film required a cultural literacy I don't have. 3.5 stars
Something that really stuck out for me was the colors in this film, very cool toned in most of the scenes but then there was major color distortion in many parts as well. Other than that, the actors performances weren't the greatest I've seen, and the language barrier was confusing at some parts.
A delightful surprise. Guo has a wonderful eye for character - taking the edge off of what (justifiably) could be a caustic and distant indictment of sociopolitical evils. It never demeans people - only the structures that encourage a materialistic mindset, whether they're clothed in Red, or red, white and blue. The result is touching. It could only be better if Udo Kier falls out of the sk... oh wait, that happens.