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As far as Gong Li's character being a stereo-typical high-class asian prostitute, and that being a folly of Mr. Wang (as suggested by another review), I think something is being missed. The whole point of her character is that she represents that western (male) fantasty, and is therefore unattainable. Maggie Chueng is the other side of that coin. She is the REAL Hong Kong, although equally elusive. She even has her own "Jeremey Irons" (british boyfriend) that is to her unattainable. Get it?
The shots and camera work are unbelievable in this film. The atomosphere is %50 of it. It has an almost cyberpunk quality. The music, especially Dadawa, is awesome aswell. This is a multi-faceted work of art. By the way, the DVD has some great features!
Nothing else I have seen or read captures the poignant and slightly fevered atmosphere of Hong Kong in the months leading up to the 1997 handover. The relationship between John (Irons) and Vivian (Gong Li), and what we learn of Maggie Cheung's character's past relationship (?) with her schooldays English boyfriend, seem to mirror aspects of the political and cultural relationship between the British and Hong Kong Chinese. The ending is deeply moving.
This film is infinitely superior and almost entirely different in terms of plot, and indeed everything else, from Paul Theroux's disappointing novel, Kowloon Tong, that apparently inspired the makers of this film.
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I cannot tell you exactly why I didn't like this movie all I can recall is that I stopped watching before the end. I didn't like the characters. I didn't like the setting.Published 3 days ago by Nonie
Neither weak and bland nor spectacular, this movie is a little bit touching, a little bit short, a little bit informative (given its setting in Hong Kong right before the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by D. French
Good visuals and background for Hong Kong going back to China.
Lousy plot, somewhat convoluted and dark.
If you liked Rachael Gets Married you'll love this.
A somewhat melancholy story but great acting was superb and the camera coverage of that time in Hong Kong was most interesting as well. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Movie is slow developing and frankly boring. The only redeeming factor was the decent acting.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer