Ping Guo (Lost in Beijing) Reviews
It's very difficult to watch, simply because it's so depressing. Everything is about money and revenge. I'm sure there's a lot of people not like that in Beijing, but it shows how money can ruin people.
The one thing that made me sad tho, was the ever present notion, that the woman's feelings are non important. Both women, in this film, were victims of the still very chauvinist driven society as they suffer at the decisions of their men. Ahhh, with the coming reality of men out numbering the women, this culture of golden sons are going to have a very sudden rude awakening....but I digress from the actual movie.
In essence, China's version of "L' Enfant" that spiraled out of control plotwise and lost their way with the point they were trying to make. the actors were excellent as was cinematography, but plot was a hot mess. I do not argue how realistic it is. It certainly is a slap in the face for me on how realistic it was. And in the end, it made me very sad at the spiraling down of our cultural morality and integrity as a result of the rush of capitalism in a long suffering survivalist society.
It's a good movie, but the credibility as well was the social and political message itself got lost because it was undermined by the ridiculousness of the twists and turns of the plot line on the latter half, ie falling for your rapist? But the notion of who CAN you trust if you can't even trust your spouse is definitely jarring in a society where everyone is driven by the newfound money to be had. It seems after being raped by Mao, his Commmunism and Cultural Revolution, the Chinese will soon be stripped of our cultural values and integrity by Capitalism. This is very sad