Echoes of the Rainbow (Sui yuet san tau) Reviews
A história gira em torno da criança e sua família - um pai de classe operária, uma mãe despreocupada e um irmão mais velho sonhador. Através do primeiro romance do irmão mais velho, e encontros da família com amor, esperança, fracasso, morte e renascimento, viajamos de volta para um lugar chamado velha Hong Kong, num tempo que sempre lembraremos e num lugar que sempre chamaremos de lar.
The story takes too long to establish the setting and characters, but that probably helped the stronger impact at the end.
This happens to be Hong Kong's official submission to the Oscars this year, and knowing the Academy through their history of nominations and awards, I could possibly predict a nomination for this movie.
I really find it disappointing, really conventional and FLAT
The worst is seeing Evelyn and Aarif giving one of the most unbeliveably fake and clumsy performance as a pair of young couples - and Aarif won an award from the 29th HK Film Awards!?
HOW COME?! The kid is better in my opinion......
Do people speak that much English and modern slangs? It is not convincing even they want to make him the star student in DBS. I like Sandra though~
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and the end,the greatest thief of all is time.....
The street that the Laws live on in Echoes of the Rainbow is a real place; it was actually marked for preservation rather than demolition after the film's success at the box office. What we're seeing in the movie, of course, is a bit of a fairy-tale version of the place, but Law isn't hiding that; he occasionally edits in snippets of home movies that show it as much more crowded and somewhat dingier. It's actually a nice effect, acknowledging that we're seeing the story nostalgically, from the perspective of young Big Ears, but also showing that the reality does not actually contradict his experiences.
The story is small-scaled, taking place against a backdrop of Hong Kong in the 1960s rather than placing the Laws at the front line of well-known local events, with the possible exception of the typhoon (from the amount of destruction, I hope that was an exceptional case, as opposed to what Hong Kong's residents have to go through several times each season!). The economy's not great, the local corruption makes it worse, and certain tensions are causing those who can get out to do so. It's focused, not obviously striving to make the point that the problems facing the Laws are parallels for the ones facing the whole colony, but showing a believable sample. There's something almost fitting about how Desmond's favorite song on the radio is played by the Monkees; the Laws aren't big-time enough to be represented by the Beatles.
They're humble, but good company, if imperfect people. Buzz Chung is completely natural on camera; if he has a natural tendency toward mugging, Law holds him in check. In fact, for all that he's presented as an innocent and unspoiled character, he cries a lot and does other things that remind the audience that kids, when not being cute and awesome, can really be kind of annoying. Lee Chi-ting's Desmond is much more idealized - good at everything, friendly, and humble, although he's good at playing that humility as something of an inferiority complex. Simon Yam won his first Best Actor award for the father, and it is a very nice performance from the ubiquitous actor. He's harried and cranky, the kind of father that doesn't say "I love you" easily or directly, but whose emotion is clearly visible in his actions.
There are lots of movies like "Echoes of the Rainbow", trying to balance gauzy nostalgia with more than a bit of tear-jerking melodrama. The viewer can see what it's doing as it's doing it, which will mark it as unsophisticated for some. It falls well short of tacky in that regard, though; a familiar story, but one told well.
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