Infernal Affairs
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Infernal Affairs
Hello, you've reached Raito's movie review blog. Most of what you'll find here is reviews of Chinese movies, because that's pretty much all I watch. :'D

November 2012
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I just realized that I've posted a long line of sub-par movies.  For some reason I'm more motivated to write reviews of BAD movies, lol.  Nevertheless, here's a rundown of some other recent viewings.

A Crowd of Three (2010) - Unfortunately this movie wasn't very good either.  Three vastly unlikable characters go on a roadtrip to visit one of the characters pedo brother who's in prison.  I'm not entirely sure what they hoped to find out from him, I think the brother thought he'd break him out, but that didn't work out.  Even Matsuda Shota can't save this too-long unpleasant film.

The Great Magician (2011) - My viewing of this movie was somewhat tainted by subs that kept garbling up in probably-important places.  As great as it is to see Tony Leung on-screen again, his performance was rather bland, as though he was just trying to pick up a paycheck while waiting for Grandmasters to finally come out.  Zhou Xun was fun and Lau Ching Wan was a riot, but I really can't remember much about the plot, which admittedly, could have to do with the subs.  Oh well, it was nice to look at and the soundtrack was fantastic.

Love On Credit (2011) - Ok, now this movie I actually enjoyed.  Starring Lin Chi-Ling playing twin sisters with man problems, it was beautifully shot and had a good soundtrack as well.  It's somewhat of a romcom, as in, it was occasionally funny, but generally quirky.  What stood out most to me was Lin's excellent acting.  I see her getting ragged on quite a bit and I haven't seen her in much, but she was great in this.  I actually did not realize that both of the sisters were her until the end.  Chen Kun played one of the boyfriends and he was great as usual, but I would have liked to see him more. *cough*


Mood blahMood blah
Music 马天宇 – 那些花儿
Tags: chen kun, driveby, fantasy, jmovie, lau ching wan, lin chi-ling, romance, romcoms, tony leung, zhou xun
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A wuxia retelling of the classic tale, this one definitely has its detractors. In fact, I'm not sure I've read a good review of it yet. Though, I'm sure they're out there...somewhere. The story is pretty standard Romeo and Juliet. A girl and a guy fall for each other, but politics and family issues fatally get in the way. In fact, it goes right down to the part where the girl takes the fake death pill, but the only person who knows dies and so the guy has no idea and well, kills them both. That part is actually a revision to the original tale, as far as I can tell. So Jingle Ma essentially made it more like R&J that it really was.

Anyway, I'm going to do pros and cons on this one, because, as I said, the story is simple and it's really more up to your tastes if you like it or not.

Cons:

- Even though I have said that a girl posing as a guy in wuxia is as simple as a different hairstyle, Charlene Choi really didn't even do that. There was nothing that really suggested she was posing as a guy even. Especially since her teacher knows, you initially assume Wu Chun knows too.

- Wu Chun's acting was rather dubious. His range of emotions was simply not there. He was good at angry, but that was about it.

- It was a little hard to buy their falling in love. Too much like, oh bam, they're in love, that's how it is.

- Which leads to the pacing was bad up until the last part, and the costumes and staging were lackluster.

Pros:

- the fights were good. I was particularly impressed with Wu Chun

- Ah Sa is a funny gal, you can't help but like her infectious perkiness.

- when it came right down to it, they got the ending act right. I won't even lie, I had tears streaming down my face by the end. And ultimately that's why I would somewhat recommend it, just because it still ended up being a pretty affecting drama. But maybe less if you're a fan of the original tale, and more if you're a fan of R&J or Shakespeare in general. It had that vibe.

Mood boredMood bored
Tags: charlene choi, romance, wu chun, wuxia
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