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Blindingly gorgeous to look at and exceptionally well acted, at least by the women.
The whole thing can be hard to follow, but the energy (and pulchritude) of the cast make it a perfectly fine bit of popcorn escapism.
More breathy outbursts from wronged lovers and strange pseudo-sexual and homoerotic encounters than a late-night soap opera, matched with a visual style that points to a level of artistry and invention that even western cinema struggles to match.
Embodies a knack the Chinese have perfected in blockbusters, still leaving similar US fare far behind. That is, how to combine the exquisitely crafted imagery of poetic, leisurely paced arthouse elegance, with fast forward blunt action in a movie.
An epic feast for fans of Chinese fairy-tale movies, from the stunning visuals to the surprisingly complex relationships.
A vaporous, watered-down frappe of a fantasy epic.
There's sometimes when I decide to watch a film in two sittings, something I rarely do, it sometimes works in that film's favor, particularly if it's a bad movie. Like if I had to sit a bad movie in one sitting, I'd be pissed. But watching it in two sittings would sort of alleviate some of that badness. It'd still be bad, but I'd probably review it more favorably in comparison. I did that with this film, considering that it was long and it was tired, and, somehow, it didn't actually work in favor of the film. I think it actually detracted from it. And I have no idea why, cause I left the movie off at, probably, the most important point plot-wise with the princess rejecting the Chinese Empire's order to marry the prince of the Tian Lang state, I believe that's what they were called. So I left it at a tense moment that moves the story forward in a big way and yet when I came back to it, I just didn't really get that into it. And it's not like I was that into it prior to stopping it. I mean, I guess there's some cool scenes, like the scene where the fox demon and the princess switch skins, this was actually a really cool scene, visually. It reminded me of parts of Under the Skin. But the story itself didn't really do anything for me. The female characters in the film, for the most part, are poorly portrayed. And by that I mean that they all live for men. Their entire lives revolve around men and being accepted and loved by men that, seemingly, don't want them. Look, it's not that women can't fall in love in films, it's the portrayal of them only living to get the man they love is pretty outdated, to put it nicely. Like I said, strong, independent women can fall in love, but not the way this film does it. And it's particularly lame considering that the three women leads are actually really cool characters in bursts. And it's not like the narrative itself is that good. It's a melodramatic romantic martial arts fantasy epic. I suppose it works with the film's over-the-top style, but it didn't really do anything for me. I'd much rather see actual character development instead of melodrama, but it's the style they chose to go with here, so it is what it is. One thing I will say is that the costume design is pretty amazing. It's one of those thankless jobs, where no one really notices or pays any attention to it, but I do think it is pretty amazing here. And the film does have some pretty cool moments. I wouldn't really even call it a bad movie. I'd just say it's average at best. It's got good acting, the three women leads are all good. It's just that the narrative, and the characterization, brought a lot of it down. It's not a bad film, but the good stuff in the film just isn't good enough to overcome its flaws and that's why I gave it this rating. Wouldn't recommend it, but you could do worse.
I read about Painted Skin: The Resurrection months back and a trailer that got me interested in seeing it, but had to wait for it release in the US. Now that I finally got my copy of the film I could say it's one of the most beautiful way a love story has ever been filmed and captured it so strongly.
Painted Skin: The Resurrection plot is better left not summarize into a simple a sentence. It's an experience that requires the audience to suspend all disbelief in order to enjoy it. It contains an interesting lore on demons, a captivating love story involving demons, and enough set pieces to ravel any major blockbuster. I have to say I have not seen the first Painted Skin, but that didn't prevent from enjoying this any less. What makes this romance story interesting as it unfold is how it shot. Breathtaking photography is always on screen making one visually mesmerizing experience. The attention to detail on the sets as well the costumes are worth noting. It helped me become immerse in the movie in such way I was taken out of my reality. The special effects are well done and it's nice to see CG not used as a mean for explosions or giant robots. The acting is spotless from all of it actors. I particularly enjoyed Xun Zhou who manages to be seductive as a demon without resorting to nudity. I do have a minor complain about some of the actors being underused. My favorite being the very funny Ming Yang who didn't have a major role in the movie, but that's just a small complaint. The great production values and effort put into this film far outweighs any negatives one would have with this fantasy film.
Painted Skin: The Resurrection is an interesting as a romance story can get in the fantasy genre. It offers beautiful visuals to go along with an great plot that will have anyone hook on it.
Wuershan brings the demons to a fairy-tale in Painted Skin: The Resurrection.
As this picture can be mostly seen as a sequel in title only to its predecessor, Painted Skin, the story is more than adequate to stand on its own. The pacing isn't exactly a whirlwind as it does slow for a bit, which ends up pushing the movie out past 2 hours, but there is enough material to see it through to the end.
The CG gets by, not necessarily top of the line, and it is used in abundance. The action, on the other hand, is limited and is left behind in the dust.
Zhou Xun, Zhao Wei, and Kun Chen all return from the first film, although the latter two are completely different characters. Watching Zhou Xun and Zhao Wei take this film by the reigns is a pleasure. Yang Mi and Feng Shaofeng also have some amusing side characters.
Painted Skin: The Resurrection seems like it relies on CG effects, but don't underestimate its story.
Yesterday, I finally had time to go to the local cinema and see Painted Skin: The Resurrection, (simplified Chinese: 画皮II) and now I understand why this movie had the highest grossing opening of a local film. This action and fantasy movie is not something with lot of fighting scenes but doesn't lack excitement - on contrary! Unreal cinematography and amazingly effortless looking directing of Wuershan with some of the best performances of the leading actors Chen Kun, Zhao Wei, Zhou Xun, Yang Mi, Feng Shaofeng, Fei Xiang and Chen Tingjia will make you remember this art work for years to come! I haven't seen the 2008 film Painted Skin and I heard that this is officially not a sequel but most of the original cast is reunited. I am glad that happened, after watching their performances.
One suggestion - do not watch this on anything but the best possible digital quality! Its photography is so superb that you'll miss an exceptional out of this world experience if you watch pirated copy (readily available in China).
Very entertaining, some people said over-long fantasy (I watched 130 minutes version which is 10 min longer than the official and I didn't have complaints) with performances which are outstanding. Director's style and technique smoothly carry a script that delivers to the max. My favourite was Wei Zhao who could express cold mixed seductive from her eyes without a word - I haven't seen this from the time of the silent movies! This must be her most remarkable performance ever.
Definitely a "must" to see!
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