San tiao ren (Away with Words) (1999)





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Photographer Chris Doyle, who along with his own still work, has served as a cinematographer for Wong Kar-wai, Chen Kaige, and Edward Yang, makes his directorial debut with Away With Words, a very loosely plotted story that concerns what Doyle has called the two most important things in his life -- women and beer. Asano (Tadanobu Asano) hops off a ship in Hong Kong and makes his way to The Dive Bar, owned by a gay alcoholic named Kevin (Kevin Sherlock). Asano starts knocking back brews with Kevin and two of his friends, Susie (Mavis Xu) and Georgina (Georgina Dobson), and each begins to drift into flashbacks about their childhoods and previous experiences. Away With Words had its world premiere at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened in the Un Certain Regard category, provoking a wildly mixed reaction from critics and audiences. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Gay & Lesbian
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It is probably best that Christopher Doyle remain a cinematographer and not a filmmaker. However, this is a beautifully shot movie with enough quirkiness to keep your attention. And, it remains effortlessly "cool".

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield

I admit I'll see anything with Tadanobu Asano in it, especially if it's unconventional. This was certainly unconventional, but also engaging if you like exploring language and the meaning of words. Made more sense within particular scenes than overall; perhaps too much was lost in translation.

Shawn Steen
Shawn Steen

Insanely good film by famed cinematographer Chris Doyle.[url=""][color=black][/color][/url] Not for everyone, but definitely for the discerning viewer who wants a total experience. The gaze remains on three main characters and what a treat that is. The story is actually easier to follow than the critics say it is. It's a fun film. And quite different from the rest.

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