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Story centers on a battle during China's Warring States Period, a series of civil wars, which spanned from the 5th to the 3rd century B.C. Based on a popular Japanese manga, which was in turn based a Japanese novel inspired by Warring States history in China.
The opening film of the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival.
I really enjoyed this film, it is witty, touching and heart-warming. The film tells the story of a group of women living in a public housing estate in Hong Kong, all with various difficulties in their lives; being a young single parent, having a cheating husband, unemployment, a disrespectful husband and son etc. They find release from their worries through learning belly-dancing despite the disapproval of families and the community.
Although it doesn't sound like much from that description the simple story is wonderfully told with excellent performances all-round and an effective mix of humour and emotion. It shows ordinary life in a Hong Kong housing estate in a realistic way without being a dry social documentary, on the contrary it is an engaging and heartfelt drama. For me the camera-work is spot-on, giving visual interest without being unnecessarily flashy.
There is also an amusing cameo from producer Andy Lau as a restaurant owner.
Highly recommended, one of the best films of 2006 so far IMHO.
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