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5.0 out of 5 stars the best chinese film i've ever seen..., September 14, 2003
This review is from: Farewell My Concubine (DVD)
... and i'm chinese. this film is ridiculously well-made, as perfect in the realm of asian cinema as something like "the godfather" is in western cinema. read bill kang's review for specifics on the brilliant cinematography, acting, direction, and such, for his review represents my opinions well...
... so why am i writing this here? i don't write reviews often, but astonished as i was that there were reviewers who actually gave this film a rating of less than 5 stars, i decided to sift through all the entries and find out exactly what they had against this film... and not so surprisingly, the negative reviews came from westerners who thought that they might know better about chinese culture and history from reading books that other westerners have written than the chinese directors and scriptwriters themselves who've lived their entire lives in china, hong kong, and taiwan. -_-"...
is this film really that violent, really that gory? graphically, there is virtually no violence on screen... c'mon, hollywood is all blood and guts! that which disturbs and unsettles the viewer here is the psychological violence and perversion that chen so subtly (yet very effectively) communicates. and i'm sorry to shatter your ideas of the orient being an exotic paradise of incense, tiger balm, and petite women, but yes, psychological perversion can exist in a culture that has been around for over five thousand years. yes, eunichs did exist aplenty, and yes, these poor things did tend to have strange sexual interests, and no, you don't know nearly enough about chinese history to even begin placing things into context and making judgements.
... one reviewer was even kind enough to remind us not to let our children watch the film for the violence and the unsettling themes involved... well perhaps that's what the R-rating is for? just a thought... maybe that's why the film is rated R... i could be wrong...
if you are expecting kung-fu fighting, choreographed swordplay, or any other sort of monkey-antics some americans have come to associate with chinese filmmaking, do not watch this movie. your narrow mind might burst from the depth, breadth, and sheer beauty that radiates from every frame of this film, and the complexity of a plot that shows characters interacting with history and culture as much as they do with each other will completely escape you. if you're a viewer that's outraged by the audacity of the filmmakers behind such controversial films as, say, "monty python and the holy grail", this film is not for you. this film was not made in hollywood; do not expect a hollywood film. it is a film that is smart, unsettling, enlightening, and even educational, but the umbrella attribute that permeates the film above all and keeps us hypnotized is its breathtaking beauty...
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Initial post: May 20, 2012 3:07:27 PM PDT
sooo what did YOU think of the GodFather?? expecting a bit much for westerners... this was a magnificient film but get a grip... this was an extremely educational film that was unexpected and hard to comprehend, the history of this culture is rare and a delight to view so give us a break cupcake!
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