Goddess of Mercy (Yu guanyin) (2004)
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Whether an adaptation of a novel is successful or not probably largely depends on how bravely you can break the literal sense of the original novel - in that point, this film is following the original story too much, to royally. Where you think unnecessary or too long to cover overall the original story, you need to cut some parts off - in this film, you should've cut off the episode of the third guy, who the heroin meets in Beijing. Well, this episode is actually very important, but because of the limit of time, the film does not describe how the relationship between the heroin and the third man gets deeper at all. What's more, the heroin's decision making is too mysterious (or stupid), and it even destroys the whole picture - who on earth will go back to where you can be killed when you almost can leave the past behind and make a new start???? And use a condom if you have one night stand!!!! It's just not really a good adaptation, I should say. I doubt that Wei Zhao was the best choice for the role, too, because she doesn't look athletic at all - it's just impossible. Ann Hui, although I've not seen much of her work yet, seems to me that she's over-recognized. Still, the cinematography's just 100% gorgeous - you can watch this film at least once to check out its cinematography.
I did not expect to like this movie, and only got it because it was available free from YesAsia.com. But the story was really good and "Vicky" Zhao Wei shines as always!
I guess the people who don't like this movie should stick with genre flicks, so they aren't confused when something doesn't fall neatly in to a category. If you want something conventional, Hollywood has a million genre flicks, please take your pick, they all follow a formula called "The Beat Structure", which will keep your delicate sensibilities neatly placated. For the rest of you, who seek something different, give this film a shot. By the way, EVERYBODY doesn't die. It helps if you watch a movie to the end. If I sound pissed off, it's because I just read some of the "reviews" of this film.
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