Huang Jin Da Jie An (Guns N' Roses) (2012)
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One of the movies I wanted to see in the cinema but I never found time. Finally there was an opportunity and a sort of disappointment after seeing it. Don't get me wrong: I liked the photography, acting wasn't bad and the chemistry between the actors was evident, even the CGI part was good... but on the other hand, too safe directing almost bordered with mediocre, uninspiring story had few dead ends and I am not sure what the team at the end wanted to create: drama, action thriller, war movie or something else - because it had so many different elements but not much substance of any of those genres.
By the way, this was the director Ning Hao's biggest-budgeted and most ambitious film to date. The film is set in the 1930s in north-eastern Manchurian China, with Lei Jiayin as lowly street hustler Xiao Dongbei, who becomes involved with a group of anti-Japanese revolutionaries after accidentally coming across their plans to rob a bank and prevent a massive arms deal. Led by famed actress Lady Fang (Tao Hong), the revolutionaries are all in the film industry, using this as a cover for their scheme, though matters become more complicated when Lei Jiayin also gets involved with the bank owner's daughter Xixi (Cheng Yuanyuan).
When I summarize it, I didn't regret watching it... it is perfect to keep you glued to the screen if your brain is interested in the drinks and popcorn only!
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