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Plot: ''The film is set in five parts, five seasons that are part of the Chinese almanac. The story takes place in the jianghu, the world of the martial arts. Ouyang Feng has lived in the western desert for some years. He left his home in White Camel Mountain when the woman he loved chose to marry his elder brother rather than him. Instead of seeking glory, he ends up as an agent. When people come to him with a wish to eliminate someone who has wronged them, he puts them in touch with a swordsman who can do the job.''
So as fate would have it, this was my introduction to Wong Kar-wai. I didn't like it. The plot details are so convoluted that I was confused and bored throughout the entire film. The characters didn't help matters along too much; I found them to be too emotionally distant. I just did not care about their love stories. The cinematography was pretty to look at, the score was nice, and Kar-wai impressed with several neat camera tricks...but, alas, it all accounted for naught. The only thing I will take away from this film was laying eyes on Maggie Cheung for the first time. Though her role is very brief, she stole the show for me (it's almost impossible to keep your eyes off of her, no lie). Such an elegant-looking woman... can't wait to see her in more films, specifically Kar-wai's ''In the Mood for Love,'' which has some the most gorgeous screenshots I've seen out of my long list of anticipated movies. Thumbs down for this one.