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Keep Cool (1997)

You hua hao hao shuo (original title)
A spurned lover seeks a rich man for revenge. A random onlooker -- who witnessed the public assault committed by the rich man against the lover -- seeks for monetary compensation for his ... See full summary »

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Ping Shu (novel), Ping Shu (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rong Chang Rong Chang ... Restaurant customer
Xudong Du Xudong Du ... Xiao Ge
Qingzhuo Fang Qingzhuo Fang ... Da Jie
Biao Fu Biao Fu ... Restaurant customer
You Ge ... Policeman
Wen Jiang ... Zhao Xiaoshuai, Bookseller
Baotian Li ... Lao Zhang
Qi Li ... Fat Cook
Qiang Li Qiang Li ... Restaurant customer
Xuejian Li ... Taxi Driver
Guanhua Liang Guanhua Liang ... Bar Boss
Xinyi Liu Xinyi Liu ... Liu Delong
Ying Qu ... An Hong
Tian Tian Tian Tian ... Waitress (as Xiaohua Chen)
Yong You Yong You ... Restaurant customer
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Storyline

A spurned lover seeks a rich man for revenge. A random onlooker -- who witnessed the public assault committed by the rich man against the lover -- seeks for monetary compensation for his smashed computer. The lover's and the onlooker's lives intertwine as two people collaborate. The onlooker's fate faces an unpredictable turn and mirrors the lover's life. Written by Tara Wu

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

16 May 1997 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Keep Cool See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Guangxi Film Studio See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The most underrated Zhang Yimou film
8 February 2009 | by funangSee all my reviews

I'm a fan of Zhang Yimou and finally found this DVD title from the shelves of a Shenzhen bookstore after a long search at many places.

This is a huge departure from previous Zhang Yimou work, esp in terms of style and locale. The director himself has said that this is the first and only time he'll ever attempt to make a black comedy set in contemporary China. You may even say this work is experimental in nature, compared to his other well known big budget and formal pieces.

Filmed with a hand-held camera and wide angle lens throughout the duration of the whole film, the quick pace editing and high energy performance & naturalistic tone never let you go once it grips you from the start. It presents a very realistic account of modern Chinese urban sensibilities, which in this case is set in Beijing. If you appreciate and love this kind of black humor, you will love this film totally. Also look out for hilarious cameos by Zhao Benshan (Happy Times)and the director Zhang Yimou himself.

A last point of note: I find the characters in this film, as in all other Zhang Yimou films, exhibiting similar personality traits - stubbornness, always trying to beat the odds & up the ante. Do let me know your thoughts on this.

David Lee


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