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The Postmodern Life of My Aunt (2006)

Yi ma de hou xian dai sheng huo (original title)
A swindler falls in love with a potential target.

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Wenshuo Guan ...
Kuan-kuan
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Pan Zhichang
Gaowa Siqin ...
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Mrs. Shui
Ziwen Wang ...
Fei-fei
Ke Shi ...
Gang Jiao ...
Guo Feng
Qingzhuo Fang ...
Owner of Metal Shop
Qi Chen ...
Fei-Fei's Granny
Zhou Lei ...
Woman with Purple Hair
Zhi-Hua Zhang ...
Nurse A
Yiheng Chen ...
Auntie's Ex-husband
Yajing Huang ...
Elevator Operator
Yanhua Wang ...
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A swindler falls in love with a potential target.

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Pan Zhichang: I went to the cemetery office too. No-one there. I called the police.
Ye Rutang: Pan Zhichang, tell me the truth. Did you cheat me? I won't take it any further as long as tell me the truth.
Pan Zhichang: I bought one too,Mrs. Ye. How can you doubt me? I'm not that bad.
Ye Rutang: Then how come that office vanished over night? You must be involved! It's too much of a coincidence.
Pan Zhichang: I have nothing to explain. I'm honest.
Ye Rutang: I hope you didn't cheat me. I'm old. If I were 17 and you cheat me,at least I could earn the money back. But now ...
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Postmodern disappointment
19 March 2007 | by (China) – See all my reviews

The Postmodern Life of My Aunt is not a comedy, as the ads, and the poster, would suggest. Instead it's a depressing story of how a woman's life slides downhill.

I had other problems with the film as well. As someone who has lived in China for seven years, I can definitely say Siqin Gaowa seemed too dowdy to be a Shanghai woman, and Chow Yun-Fat looked too suave and sophisticated to be a middle-aged Mainland man. I also didn't see the point of the young boy's character, although I guess it is an Ann Hui trope (if that's the right word) to have a character's story told through the eyes of a kid. He was a real cypher, and was barely in the film at all. How could he even know that stuff about his aunt? Using the child's perspective in Song of the Exile worked well, but not here at all. I also couldn't buy Vicki Zhao Wei in her role, and her appearance and back story came so out of the blue that it almost seemed like a joke.

All in all, a big disappointment, but I wouldn't have been so upset about it if the film's advertisements didn't make it look like a comedy. I really dislike when advertisers pull people into a film under false pretenses. If it is a tragedy, fine, advertise it as a tragedy. Just don't mislead audiences.


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