Jacky is a Chinese kid aged 25 of emigrant parents who lives in a terraced house in Eindhoven with his mother. He grew up in the vacuum between two cultures. He is intelligent but lacks the...
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Jacky is a Chinese kid aged 25 of emigrant parents who lives in a terraced house in Eindhoven with his mother. He grew up in the vacuum between two cultures. He is intelligent but lacks the energy to steer his life in a specific direction. Jacky's calm life is disrupted when his mother urges him to marry a girl from China, following tradition, and leave the parental home. Before he realises, he is living with the young Chinese Chi-Chi in a new apartment in Amsterdam. Chi-Chi has trouble finding her feet in her new surroundings. Her mother-in-law is not keen on her and it is difficult for her to build an intimate relationship with Jacky.
harrowing portrait of a young member of the Chinese community in Holland
This movie develops slowly but give it a chance.
It focuses on a young Chinese guy, Jacky, in the Netherlands (Eindhoven) who is pretty much still under his mother's wings. His family arrange a marriage and ChiChi comes over. He is not ready for a marriage and the poor girl is left by herself most of the time. His indirection in life is reflected by his family and friends: his obnoxious brother, the gay singer who makes a pass at him, the tourist guide. The ending is abrupt but appropriate.
Holland never looked so small and cold to me. Harrowing.
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