Ensemble drama about conversations overheard in a bistro. Two chess players see unfolding dramas. A couple on an uncomfortable blind date, while a marriage crumbles. Film-noir fans thinks they're witnessing a real-life murder.
Just saw a screening of this last night at the Yellowknife film festival. A very informative examination of China choosing to looking at the geopolitical situation in this ascending region. It comes for a "Pro- Democracy" wary westerner sort of angle but generally isn't as fear mongering as most books/films on the issue and wraps up with the hope that China will change over time.
The film does have it's credibility taken from it through use of sound effects and visuals which lead to some moments of comical bizarreness. A few highlights are the car crash sound effect, bombing of japan, the brothers walking across the mountains, and paintings of empire in different stages. Probably the result of a very small crew and loss of perspective when editing.
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