A reflection on modern China and its cultural and ideological complexity: tradition, cultural revolution, communism, capitalism - all weirdly coexist at the same time, and the result is... well, I recommend watching this film! Interesting plot, location and characters, great deadpan humour. If there's anything to complain about, it would be the ending - I felt like it was just quickly tacked on to wrap up the story.
The movie, though is full of beautiful pictures, and tries to show the double sided China, where people drunken on development leave thousands land and jobless. Even though I think it's full of interesting ideas, the movie's narration is just too chaotic. Things like the Beijing inspector, the UFO theme, by the end, just seem pointless.
Non mi sembra una storia solo cinese: un banalissimo avvenimento diventa un'occasione per ottenere fama, potere e denaro... Non si tratta di una visione malinconica del passato, ma di percepire il presente attraverso un'infinità di emozioni, talvolta contrastanti, e di ritrovarsi, paradossalmente, costretti a fare quelle stesse scelte per cui si stava lottando.
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
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.
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.
"UFO In Her Eyes" caught my attention with its title and further dragged me in with its characters. Surprisingly the film had a lot of comedy, even with the language barrier. The only set back I have with the film is the closing scene of Kwok Yun entering the built UFO. Im sure it was intended and I am just over analyzing it, however I felt like it could of ended differently.
Defies all expectations. It's dark and funny and riddled with irony. Great characters with absurd motives. I love the American Friend (who isn't American) doing drunken Johnny Mathis. And who would't be charmed if their lover built them a UFO? I hate when people do this, but it reminded me of Vonnegut (in the best possible way).
(4.5 stars) Amazing social satire. TRULY delightfully crafted satire on many levels. The filmmaker does a brilliant job of weaving these themes tightly together all via the characters carefully introduced throughout the opening 30 minutes. It's very smart and told in an off-beat manner. The only problem I have is that MUBI has chosen a slight spoiler with their background poster for this film. Why, Mubi? Why?