The Great Buddha+ (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Great Buddha+ (2017)

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Pickle is a night security guard at a bronze statue factory, who also plays in a band at the funerals when time allows. Earning a meager income, Pickle lives with his elderly mother. His best friend Belly Button works as a recycling collector during the day, and Pickle's biggest pleasure in life is flicking through the porn magazines Belly Button collects in the small hours in the security room. Having late night snacks and watching television are an integral part of their dull lives. One day when the television is broken, their lives are changed forever. At first, they watch the footages recorded on their boss's dash cam for fun, and soon they get addicted to peeping into the boss's colorful private life and accidently discover the boss's unspeakable secret. As a result, a ridiculous chain reaction is triggered, and even the statue of Buddha, ready to be sent to the religious festival, is forced to play a role in this chaotic situation. The story involves gods, the middle-aged men's sexual desire and the conversation between ghosts and humans. Maybe the audience will find it preposterous, but isn't life itself a farce?

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Critic Reviews for The Great Buddha+

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Most importantly, the pic gets laughs out of the class system without being glib about its cruelties. The gulf between rich and poor clearly matters to Huang, who poignantly shows how poverty robs even the dead of dignity.

July 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The good cheer goes a long way in countering the knee-jerk cynicism, which grows tiresome well before the end.

July 5, 2018 | Full Review…

This ballad of sad losers mixed with satire on parochial politics is convulsively funny yet uncompromisingly bleak, bridging art with entertainment.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…
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The Great Buddha+ doesn't deliver a satisfying conclusion, which makes the whole film slightly exhausting to watch.

July 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This compassion allows for a more in-depth connection to the interiority of characters... and elevates the story into a kind of folklore or moral tale.

July 5, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The scathing social critique of The Great Buddha + is comparable to that of Marco Ferreri's Spanish black comedies... in which an underclass' universe is portrayed with vitriolic humor mixed with tenderness. [Full review in Spanish]

June 11, 2018 | Full Review…

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