The Chief of Construction Committee leaps to his death from a tall building. Yang Jiadong, a rookie cop begins investigating it. Forced out of his job and to the safety of Hong Kong, he endeavors to discover the truth.
When it is time for the Chinese gaokao, the entire country comes to a standstill. For nearly ten million high school students, this two-day national college entrance exam will determine ... See full summary »
During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.
I love foreign films, especially as being hearing impaired I need the subtitles, so I looked for Chinese films on Netflix having enjoyed several, but this was the slowest and most boring film since I watched Elvira Madigan in a cinema in Sydney, Australia, while killing time to embark on a sea voyage to UK. I can only say that the scenery was nice; otherwise, the film was so depressing and just SLOW that I found myself fast forwarding to the end, which I never did reach as I gave up and went to bed.
Another problem I had, which may be due to my advancing years or possibly be that I am Caucasian, but with the exception of the main lead, I could not tell the Chinese actresses apart. The girl friend, student, sister, best friend, may have all been the same or different characters as they all had curly hair. I just could not tell. i am not saying that they should cast a blonde, redhead, brunette with curly hair and one with straight hair so that we can tell the difference, but there are ways to differentiate and this film did not do that. Different body shapes, different personalities can all set characters apart. Instead we got beautiful slender women with as much personality as shop window mannequins.
It may well be that I will give this film a try several years hence and thoroughly enjoy it. Who knows!
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