You hua hao hao shuo (Keep Cool) (1998)

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Utilizing a hand-held camera to create a frantic, off-balance effect that is radically different from the techniques with which he made his films best known to Western audiences Raise the Red Lantern and Ju Dou, Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou has made a fast-paced modern comedy that serves as an allegory for the state of China in the late 1990s. The story's protagonist is Xiao Shuai, a bookseller who falls in love with the seductive, free-spirited An Hong. To learn her address, Xiao follows her, but An spurns his advances. He refuses to give up; eventually she caves in and invites him to her home for some quick love. Unfortunately they start, but are interrupted at a crucial moment. Later Xiao is accosted by the burly henchmen of An's new lover, a sleazy nightclub owner. They are beating him like an old rug when Lao Zhang, an old researcher, intervenes. During the scuffle, his prized laptop computer is smashed and later, he demands that Xiao replace it. But Xiao cares nothing for the destroyed laptop; he only wants revenge upon his attackers. Together he and Lao arrange to meet the villains in their club for a showdown. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy
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Cast

Jiang Wen
as Xiao Shuai
Baotian Li
as Lao Zhang
Ying Qu
as An Hong
You Ge
as The Policeman
Yimou Zhang
as The Peddler
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Audience Reviews for You hua hao hao shuo (Keep Cool)

It's the typical Yimou Zhang's film in 1990s. Yen Jiang's performance is trilling, and you may find Benshan Zhao, a famous comedian in China.

Bill Zhou
Bill Zhou

Wow, this is completely different from any of Zhang's other films except for some familiar actors he used. The director himself appears in an extended cameo. There are enough handheld shots and jump cuts to make Chungking Express look stylistically rigorous. The style is almost a parody of these Breathless influenced films. The premise of the story is kind of like Chungking Express but quickly diverges to a vengeful black comedy. Jiang Wen plays the stuttering lead wonderfully, though he looks too old for his part. Definitely Zhang's funniest and most commercial film before he went into his martial arts pics.

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