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The Wasted Times (Luomandike Xiaowang Shi) (2016)




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Set against a chaotic, war torn Shanghai, "The Wasted Times" follows a local crime boss at the receiving end of the Japanese army's attempt to forge a dubious alliance. Spanning three separate times during the period, the story details mindsets from various perspectives, all culminating in a suspenseful and tense finale.

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Critic Reviews for The Wasted Times (Luomandike Xiaowang Shi)

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"The Wasted Times" plays like a movie carved out of a much larger mini-series, whose segments are then shown out of order.

December 15, 2016 | Full Review…

The majority of the characters murder or are murdered in short order, so finding someone to root for or a storyline to follow in this strangely empty Shanghai (even the train station looks abandoned) is difficult.

December 13, 2016 | Full Review…

While The Wasted Times is not quite the ordeal its title may suggest, it nevertheless makes for convoluted, impenetrable viewing.

March 28, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Perhaps an English-language film in this style would have seemed overly derivative. In a Chinese work, it still feels fresh and intriguing.

January 5, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Shanghai gangsters and lovers struggle through the Japanese occupation during World War II in an art-house misfire.

December 16, 2016 | Full Review…

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