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Keep Cool (1997)
"You hua hao hao shuo" (original title)

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China, the 1990s. A young bookseller is in love with a woman. The woman is now with another guy, a rich man. The rich man sends his people to beat the bookseller. In the fight, the laptop ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Policeman
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Bookseller
Gang Jiao
Baotian Li ...
Lao Zhang
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Taxi Driver
Guanhua Liang ...
Bar Boss
Ying Qu ...
An Hong
Tian Tian ...
Waitress (as Xiaohua Chen)
Yong You
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China, the 1990s. A young bookseller is in love with a woman. The woman is now with another guy, a rich man. The rich man sends his people to beat the bookseller. In the fight, the laptop computer from a man looking at the scene gets broken. Who will pay for the computer? The bookseller wants revenge. Will it be useful? The bookseller and the laptop owner are from different ages and classes. They are two different points of view, two different Chinas. How will they fight for justice? Written by Dul <dpueyos@itpsp.com>

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29 December 1997 (Spain)  »

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You hua hao hao shuo  »

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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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