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Goddess of Mercy (2003)

Yu guanyin (original title)
The film has been made after a popular novel that is devoted to the everyday work of a drug police team. The protagonist is a courageous police woman whose relations with three men in her ... See full summary »

Director:

Ann Hui

Writers:

Ivy Ho (screenplay), Hai Yan (novel) | 1 more credit »
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3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Wei Zhao ... An Xin
Nicholas Tse ... Maojie
Yunlong Liu Yunlong Liu ... Yang Rui
Jianbin Chen ... Tienjun
Haiying Sun ... Mr. Pan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yanjun Bi Yanjun Bi ... Yang's father
Abao Chen Abao Chen ... Tiejun's mother
Yangyang Dong Yangyang Dong ... Xiao Xiong (Baby)
Qiang Fu Qiang Fu ... Mao's father
Zhilan Gao Zhilan Gao ... Mao's mother
Jiantao Hong Jiantao Hong ... Liu Minghao
Guanghou Liu Guanghou Liu ... Lao Qian
Zhu Lun Zhu Lun ... Xiao Kang
Li Niu Li Niu ... Zhong Ning
Gejie Renboqie Gejie Renboqie
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Storyline

The film has been made after a popular novel that is devoted to the everyday work of a drug police team. The protagonist is a courageous police woman whose relations with three men in her life make up the plot of the film. She is always faced with a difficult choice between sentiments and duty, law and her own understanding of what is just and fair. Written by Mark Gubarenko

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

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This film thinks inadequate storytelling gives it depth
25 June 2009 | by sitenoiseSee all my reviews

Not the worst movie I've seen, but easily one of the most poorly constructed. There *is* an intriguing story buried beneath everything but you have to keep reminding yourself what it is while you wonder why it's not being told very well. It's not a nice looking film either. Zhao Wei has never looked more lost and out of place. The scenes of her fighting off armed criminals while holding her baby in one hand would have been funny if they weren't so disgusting. The fact that it looked completely phony doesn't redeem anything. The scenes of warfare-like gun play that are just plopped in from time to time look like they were lifted from a middle-schooler's Super 8 film project.

I knew in the first fifteen minutes this thing was a mess but I kept the faith, and while it hinted at getting on track from time to time it just kept failing. Someone brought a bucket full of story-boarded scenes to the party but neglected to introduce them to Mr. Story.

You can't just claim that because this isn't run-of-the-mill Hollywood fare that it deserves respect. Good film makers (Ann Hui is one of them) can fail too.


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Official Sites:

Official Site [China]

Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

25 December 2003 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Goddess of Mercy See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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