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Yi ma de hou xian dai sheng huo (2006)

A swindler falls in love with a potential target.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wenshuo Guan ... Kuan-kuan
... Pan Zhichang
... Auntie Ye Rutang
... Liu Dafan
... Mrs. Shui
... Fei-fei
Ke Shi ... Jin Yonghua
... Guo Feng
Qingzhuo Fang ... Owner of Metal Shop
Qi Chen ... Fei-Fei's Granny
Zhou Lei ... Woman with Purple Hair
... Nurse A
Yiheng Chen ... Auntie's Ex-husband
Yajing Huang ... Elevator Operator
Yanhua Wang ... Young Maid
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A swindler falls in love with a potential target.

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The Postmodern Life of My Aunt  »

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Pan Zhichang: It's hard to find someone to talk to my treat.
Ye Rutang: You're too kind.
Pan Zhichang: But look, I'm a man. It's a man's duty to take care of women. Li Sao is a great poem, precisely because it's centred on women. In my opinion, only lesser poer look down women. That includes Li Bai, he isn't a great poet. But Du Fu is. And so is Qu Yuan. Sorry... I have a trachoma.
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Postmodern disappointment
19 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

The Postmodern Life of My Aunt is not a comedy, as the ads, and the poster, would suggest. Instead it's a depressing story of how a woman's life slides downhill.

I had other problems with the film as well. As someone who has lived in China for seven years, I can definitely say Siqin Gaowa seemed too dowdy to be a Shanghai woman, and Chow Yun-Fat looked too suave and sophisticated to be a middle-aged Mainland man. I also didn't see the point of the young boy's character, although I guess it is an Ann Hui trope (if that's the right word) to have a character's story told through the eyes of a kid. He was a real cypher, and was barely in the film at all. How could he even know that stuff about his aunt? Using the child's perspective in Song of the Exile worked well, but not here at all. I also couldn't buy Vicki Zhao Wei in her role, and her appearance and back story came so out of the blue that it almost seemed like a joke.

All in all, a big disappointment, but I wouldn't have been so upset about it if the film's advertisements didn't make it look like a comedy. I really dislike when advertisers pull people into a film under false pretenses. If it is a tragedy, fine, advertise it as a tragedy. Just don't mislead audiences.


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