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The Postmodern Life of My Aunt (2006)

Yi ma de hou xian dai sheng huo (original title)
Ye Rutang, a single-living woman in her late fifties, struggles to maintain a dignified life amid the dangers of Shanghai.

Director:

Ann Hui

Writers:

Qiang Li, Yanyan (original story)
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Gaowa Siqin ... Auntie
Yun-Fat Chow ... Pan Zhichang
Wei Zhao ... Liu Dafan
Lisa Lu ... Mrs. Shui
Ke Shi Ke Shi ... Jin Yonghua
Wenshuo Guan Wenshuo Guan ... Kuan Kuan
Ziwen Wang ... Fei Fei
Gang Jiao ... Guo Feng
Qingzhuo Fang Qingzhuo Fang ... Owner of Metal Shop
Qi Chen Qi Chen ... Fei Fei's Granny
Lei Zhou Lei Zhou ... Woman with Purple Hair
Zhi-Hua Zhang ... Nurse A
Yiheng Chen Yiheng Chen ... Auntie's Ex-husband
Yajing Huang Yajing Huang ... A Di Working on Elevator
Yanhua Wang Yanhua Wang ... Young Maid
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Ye Rutang, a single-living woman in her late fifties, struggles to maintain a dignified life amid the dangers of Shanghai.

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Liu Dafan: Put it down here. Ye Rutang, I'm your daughter Liu Dafan. We haven't seen each other in more than ten years. You look so old. If we'd bumped into each other on the street, guess we wouldn't have known each other, ain't that right? This is my boyfriend, Guo feng. First,give me the key of your place, we need to settle in.
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Postmodern disappointment
19 March 2007 | by mfcappieSee 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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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

6 March 2007 (China) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Anshan, Liaoning, China See more »

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$900,679
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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