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You hua hao hao shuo (1997)

A spurned lover seeks a rich man for revenge. A random onlooker -- who witnessed the public assault committed by the rich man against the lover -- seeks for monetary compensation for his ... See full summary »

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Lao Zhang
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Taxi Driver
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An Hong
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A spurned lover seeks a rich man for revenge. A random onlooker -- who witnessed the public assault committed by the rich man against the lover -- seeks for monetary compensation for his smashed computer. The lover's and the onlooker's lives intertwine as two people collaborate. The onlooker's fate faces an unpredictable turn and mirrors the lover's life. Written by Tara Wu

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Keep Cool  »

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Keep bored
3 October 2013 | by (Split, Spain) – See all my reviews

Curious piece of Zhang Yimou who is far from his common work here. This is paranoia, comedy in modern ambient, new China. Eccentric characters, absurd situations, hand held camera, 90's urbanism, western music, documentary-experimental look, that kind of crazy Asian friendship relation so strange here in Europe. These are "Keep Cool" characteristics. It starts very gut, entertaining us and keeping us curious in the couch while Jiang Wen chase Qu Ying (più bella donna), this beginning is perfect and I was hooked on it: rhythm and curiosity. But it is only for a moment, after a little piece of time I started to get bored because mostly of the lacks of rhythm, lack of empathy with character, the disappearance of Qu Jing, there is no script (besides there are a few localizations which is the worst thing to avoid the boredom and emptiness). The thing is that Yimou doesn't pay attention to himself and doesn't keep his head cool to make a good story. Good start and nothing else


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