Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Movie Reviews - June 2, 2009

Source: LoveHKFilm

City of Life and Death - Nanjing! Nanjing!

Lu Chuan's City of Life and Death impresses by eschewing patriotic pride for a surprisingly balanced portrait of the Nanking Massacre. The themes sometimes speak louder than the characters or the situations, but overall this is a powerful achievement and required viewing for anyone who cares for Chinese film.

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The First 7th Night (HK)

It looks like a horror movie, but it really isn't one. Director Herman Yau takes elements of horror, crime film and supernatural drama and mixes them into an unassuming and engaging little genre film.

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Tombstone of the Fireflies

It’s an admirable attempt at a live-action adaptation of the classic anti-war story, but Tombstone of the Fireflies is too calculated in its portrayal of war to leave any lasting impact like its animated predecessor did.

Desires of the Heart

A female-centered comedy-drama, Desires of the Heart possesses well-observed characters hidden beneath its deceptively lightweight exterior. The resolutions to each of the love stories don't completely satisfy, and director Ma Liwen's technique is a bit clumsy. Nevertheless, this is worthwhile commercial stuff and much better than it initially seems.

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