wow! this might even turn into a debate!
Not too many people have seen this movie as far as I know. Clara Law seems to be a little more well known on this side of the pacific than on the other but I never thought I would be engaging in any kind of discussion about this film.
When I first saw it in the theatre it was at an asian film festival and Clara Law was there. The theatre was packed and people sat silently and watched. Afterwards, the opinions I got about the fim were all more or less on the fence. I was pretty adament that it stunk thousand year old eggs.
Remembering back to the pain I felt watching it still gives me shudders. Mind you, if stylishness without any real regard for plot is your thing than this may be the movie for you. The highly “symbolic” and not-so symbolic nature of this film is quite irritating.
Here’s one piece of such dialogue that I remember with great disdain:
“Do you mean Mars the planet?”"
“No I mean Mars the chocolate bar.”
If you can imagine under what context with this kind of dialogue to be relevant in any shape or form, I urge you to step forward. What this movie boils down to for me is this: utter post-modern nonsense.
That said, I have yet to see a movie from HK that I have really liked.
I do appreciate that some people have seen the film are willing to stand up for it (iris, SDB) but if there’s one movie I feel inclined to argue to the ground kicking and screaming it’s this one. It deserves it.