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Luxury Car (Jiang Cheng Xia Ri) - Amazon.com Exclusive (2013)

Wu You Ca , Tian Yuan , Wang Chao  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Wu You Ca, Tian Yuan
  • Directors: Wang Chao
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Global Lens
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LC3M2S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,973 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Luxury Car (Jiang Cheng Xia Ri) - Amazon.com Exclusive" on IMDb

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An almost perfect balance between style and content... beautifully played and genuinely involving. --Variety

The performances are subtle and smart. Chinese pop star Tian is both tender and seductive. --The Hollywood Reporter

Superb photography and exceptional performances... It is the many-layered complexities of loyalty and necessity that make Luxury Car such an interesting film. --Eye for Film

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Luxury Car (Jiang Cheng Xia Ri) – Amazon.com Exclusive

In this emotionally taut narrative, Li Qi Ming travels from his small village to the city of Wuhan, determined to fulfill his wife's last wish of seeing her son. But instead of finding his son, he discovers his daughter working as a karaoke bar escort, forcing him to come to terms with their long-estranged relationship and the tenuous future of his family.

Director Wang Chao uses Li Qi Ming to represent the painful reality of thousands of parents who have lost contact with their children through rural exodus and political upheaval in China.

"Mainland Chinese helmer Wang Chao finally attains an almost perfect balance between style and content in 'Luxury Car,' a tightly written and beautifully played drama…" –Variety

"…the performances are subtle and smart, especially Wu as the cagey father. As the wayward daughter, Chinese pop star Tian is both tender and seductive."
-The Hollywood Reporter

Luxury Car is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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A most unexpected pleasure, the complex "Luxury Car" manages to gracefully link crime drama to a tale of familial obligations. Quiet when needed, brutal at times--the film's most stunning success is in establishing a truly realistic portrait of a man and his adult daughter. A schoolteacher, filled with regret and sadness, arrives in the city to locate his estranged son. Instead, he reconnects with his daughter who is working for an escort service. These two give lovely performances highlighted as much by what is left unsaid as by unnecessary dramatics.

Covering life's compromises and sacrifices, this is a gentle, but tough, picture. As more and more truths are revealed, it will either tear the family apart or bring them closer. The daughter is involved with some unsavory characters and the answers she finds aren't always easy ones. Heartfelt and moving, I really liked the multi-layered successes in this picture. KGHarris, 5/11.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Well-Made Movie About Relationships March 12, 2012
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I sat down to watch this movie, thinking that all I was going to see was communist propaganda or just be difficult to follow. Was I wrong...

A aging schoolteacher goes to the city of Wuhan to search for his son - his wife is dying of cancer and it is her last wish to have her son visit her before death. He stays with his daughter, who is (and I'm sort of unsure) either a call-girl, escort, or a prostitute at a nightclub. While he searches for his son with a local policeman, the daughter is (secretly) doing her "job." She is also the mistress of the club's boss (who owns the item of the movie's title), who is nothing but a thug. I will stop there, because it becomes better and more complex. The conclusions to the narrative and sub-stories make the movie excellent!

How these stories intertwine, characters develop, and narratives unfold is really, really good. I have seen many Chinese-made movies; this one has a truly Western feel to it. Of course, it is a French coproduction, so there is quite a bit of quality to the film making. I even noticed that the film could be set, quite easily, in any country, giving it a more universality to viewership. There are some communist propaganda. Examples: the father was exiled to the country for his views and there are scenes of the working class building society (a high rise); On the other, is exposure to culture, usually unseen or whitewashed for Chinese propaganda purposes, including several Buddhist rituals, crime, and the story of a female's shame and placement in society. The filmmakers use the Western crime drama and mystery "genre," which is constantly working in the movie.

The lead actress is quite stunning-looking and all acting is excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Social drama with style March 21, 2011
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Wang Chao's film, Luxury Car, is an assured realisation of a compelling story of contemporary China. The story takes on a modern cinema noir tone, with interesting interweaving characters. Just to what extent and how those character's lives are entwined leads us to the story's climax. The film is carried by the beautiful Tian Yuan, a prostitute (Yanhong) working in a karaoke bar in Wuhan. Yanhong is visited by her father who, at the request of his dying wife, is trying to find out what happened to their son (Yanhong's brother). The really surprising character is the old policeman, who offers to help the father find his son. Here is a film from a masterful film director which shines a dark light, not only into contemporary Chinese society, but more generally into the lives of the disconnected and fragmented people that make up all consumer-oriented societies. Luxury Car is not a Hollywood film; instead it is a humble but perfectly made story, rich in character and offering real insights into the general human condition.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than Hollywood May 26, 2011
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I haven't seen many contemporary Chinese films, but this one seems like a real standout. It's a simple family tale, with the usual long meaningful looks and lengthy stretches of no dialogue, so like most European cinema. I was taken with the look of modern China, so different than here, yet familiar somehow. The acting is all high level, and the cinematography is what really shines. A beautifully made film, well worth watching.
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