Friday, November 09, 2007

色戒 R-21 version

Movie plot:Director Ang Lee's new film, following his Academy Award win for directing "Brokeback Mountain," is an espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai. Asian cinema icon Tony Leung Chiu Wai ("Hero", "In The Mood For Love") stars as Mr. Yee, a powerful political figure in 1940's Shanghai. Tang Wei, a rising star in mainland China, makes her feature film debut as Wang Jiazhi, a young woman who gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with Mr. Yee. Joan Chen plays the wife of Mr. Yee but it is the role of Tang Wei as the student that will have a hand in trying to assassinate the intelligence chief of a Japanese-backed Chinese government.
Surprisingly, I can understand the whole show, know what is going on and see how the characters fight each other out by words sarcastically in the movie, fearful of speaking or doing anything wrong for it will mean the end of their life. (Unlike the Brokeback, I have no idea what the movie is trying to say, except that there are 2 gays making out with each other =P) Now I understand why the 3 scenes should not be cut at all. For it shows the emotional pain the female lead has to endure, so that their assassination plan can proceed smoothly. It depicts the desire at that point in time that people are willing to pay any price in order to topple the Japanese iron grip rule. Sadly, the movie has an ending that I simply find illogical. Is the lure of a ring that great, given the hate that the female lead has?? hmm
Rate: 3.5/5

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