Motel Cactus consists of four episodes, all of which take place in Room 407 of Motel Cactus, a love hotel in Seoul: (1.) A girl celebrates her birthday with her boyfriend, because it is the...
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Motel Cactus consists of four episodes, all of which take place in Room 407 of Motel Cactus, a love hotel in Seoul: (1.) A girl celebrates her birthday with her boyfriend, because it is the only place she feels entirely secure with him. (2.) A student has rented room 407 for several hours to shoot a scene with a girl for his video film, a college project. (3.) A salesman meets a woman in a bar. Both very drunk, they arrive in room 407. Afterwards he is back in the room, alone. (4.) He is soon joined by his old love from his college days. Both are vaguely hoping to rekindle their old relationship. Written by
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When you've exhausted your collection of Wong Kar-Wai films but are hungry for more...
here's a nice alternative. Christopher Doyle's incredible cinematography lends this film a certain inherent value as a Wong Kar-Wai supplement, but in all fairness the aesthetics can only take it so far. Although it is my no means less than a very good film, it's very concept (four short segments taking place in the same motel room) carries with it certain limitations. Whereas Wong Kar-Wai is always able to get very deep down into his characters, this film doesn't have time to allow it's characters much room to develop, so there is a certain surface-level detachment to the entire proceedings. We see these couples (and they are photographed exquisitely), but we don't really get to know them.
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