Yun shui yao (The Knot) (1999)





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Chen Xiushui is an English teacher in Taiwan. The boy he tutors has a sister, Wang Biyun. They fall in love. But he's a leftist and leaves Taiwan to fight for a new China. They make a pledge to see each other one day. On the mainland Chen Xiushui is active in the Korean War as a doctor and a soldier and later in rebuilding the country, working in Tibet. He changes his name to Xu Xiuyun. A woman by the name Wang Jindi, also a soldier, falls in love with him, but he is still thinking of Wang Biyun. Wang Jindi sees he will never forget Wang Biyun, so she changes her name to ang Biyun herself. After quite some time, they get married, but it's all still very painful for both of them. In the meantime, the real Wang Biyun is still in Taiwan, waiting and trying to find out what had happened to Chen Xiushui. One day, while crossing the mountains, an avalanche kills Chen Xiushui. We follow the story in retrospective, as the real Wang Biyun now (60 years later) lives in New York and has sent her adopted daughter to Tibet, to find out what exactly happened to Chen Xiushui.
Drama , Romance
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A 2006 film, instead of a 1999 one as shown. Way better than expected indeed- at least with some decent acting, plus an all right storyline (despite quite corny). The frequent fade-out editing makes the film looks rather disjointed however.


If you'r not Chinese, you might not like it. If you are Chinese, whom don't know your own might not like it.

Yau Yau
Yau Yau

camerawork is excellent, some photographic stills are breathtaking, but overall the plot structure is derivative, remniscent of Yi Jiang Chun Shui Xiang Dong Liu in the 1940s, Umbrellas of Chersbourg in the 1960s, the recent Tai Wan Wang Shi, and a lot of others. Changing identity into another woman is to cater to the man's desire. Feminist will not favor this film for sure, because it lacks the rich textuality of the similar subject matter as that in Vertigo.

Yizhong Gu
Yizhong Gu

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