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06 August 2005

Zhou Yu's Train

Gong Li, Tony Leung Ka Fai & Honglei Sun
Directed by Zhou Sun
Chinese title: Zhou Yu de huo che

From Hollywood Video: "A passionate young woman finds herself torn between a handsome doctor and the memory of her ex-lover in this provocative love story, where the only thing that's truly real is what's in one's heart."

That synopsis sounds so lame. I only use Hollywood Video's site because it's the only place that provides one sentence summaries. And honestly, about this film, I couldn't come up with a short description. It's a little... complex. Gong Li playing two roles, flashbacks, scenes repeated, and then implications that one (if not more) of the characters is a figment of another's imagination. Yet ultimately, for its intentional complexity, the film was essentially quiet, a little dull, and lacking in substance. I don't know - perhaps I've been temporarily ruined. If it's in Chinese, it had better be phenomenal and heart-wrenching or else it won't compare to House of Flying Daggers. Or Takeshi Kaneshiro. Sigh.

Ah well. Gong Li was luminous, as usual - just not that same combination of steel and vulnerability she portrayed in To Live and Raise the Red Lantern. I expected something smoldering and luscious, but all I really got was a little annoyed by the constant sound of trains on a track...

Blogger Keven said...

Oh, the luminosity.

Blogger Diva Kitty's Mom said...

This one was a let down. I also enjoyed Gong Li in the Shanghai Triad.

Blogger carrie_lofty said...

She hasn't really had a fantastic role since breaking up with Zhang Yimou. Except maybe for playing opposite Jeremy Irons in Chinese Box, which I really enjoyed. Something about Zhang brings out good, fierce, accessible performances by his leading women.

Blogger Diva Kitty's Mom said...

So true and 2046 was a let down as well.

Blogger carrie_lofty said...

Bummer - I just saw the ads for that.


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