Overkill feels like an understatement when it comes to “See You Tomorrow
,” a star-spangled, chintz-tinseled dramedy co-written and produced by Wong Kar-wai
, featuring Tony Leung Chiu-wai
as a barman who moonlights as a love doctor. Though China’s Zhang Jiajia takes billing as writer-director, it’s impossible to miss Wong’s pet themes of nostalgia, unrequited love, and numerology scribbled all over the frame. And yet without the Hong Kong auteur’s usual sense of subtlety, this boozy mix of screechy characters, splashy visuals, and trite tales will likely leave audiences feeling the cinematic equivalent of a hangover.
Despite dramatically overtaking Matt Damon
starrer “The Great Wall
” when it first opened, the film has since leveled off at the local box office. In fact, together with Zhang Yimou
’s monster blockbuster, it has provoked such a virulent backlash from bloggers and disappointed audiences in China that the state newspaper the