Beijing Rocks (Bak Ging lok yue liu) (2002)
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Simply, a good film. The duo of Mabel Cheung (director) and Alex Law (writer) is undoubtedly the most trustworthy filmmaker(s) in Hong Kong today. The catchphrase of this film is "Chinese 'Almost Famous,'" and it is really like that, although the story is not same at all (I gotta admit that there are some similar characters). Also, this film is obviously under the influence of Yuan Zhang's "Beijing Bastards." Although too much use of slo-mo and some showy meaningless effects on image spoil the overall good atmosphere of the film, the story and characters are both attractive, and use of symbolism (the dog, videotape, and Mexican jumping beans) is great as Cheung and Law's other films. Qi Shu is probably little bit too easy choice for the role (she does a good job tho), but Daniel Wu is great choice. I didn't know the other actor, Geng Le, but he fits to this role great too. Richard Ng, Hong Kong's famous comedy actor, gives a great performance even in a serious role. I wish the filmmakers treats Beijing city as the other main character of the film, but the original atmosphere that Beijing has is not caught well onto the film, probably because Cheung and Law are Hong Kongese. Also, the rock songs, another core of the film, should be better. Still, this is a solid tail of the group of several young people grows up through the experience of failure.
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