films seen
3
average score
2.66*
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status
Alive and kicking
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Solid pieces

Love on the Cloud

Wei Ai Zhi Jian Ru Jia Jing
2014 / 135m - China
Comedy
3.5*/5.0*
Love on the Cloud poster

Worthy but flawed

Peacock

Kong Que
2005 / 136m - China
Drama
2.5*/5.0*
Peacock poster

Dubious filler

Beautiful 2012

2012 / 90m - Hong Kong
Drama
2.0*/5.0*
Beautiful 2012 poster

I like a good anthology, but these more arthouse-oriented projects tend to disappoint. Beautiful 2012 managed to attract some interesting names, but the result is rather lackluster. None of the shorts really stand out and almost all of them felt rushed and underdeveloped, as if the directors sent in some leftovers.

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The concept is supposed to show the directors' visions on "beauty", but I only know because I read the liner notes. The shorts themselves don't communicate that at all, instead they are quite downtrodden and glum. I guess that's just what you get when you go for more arthouse-loving directors.

Tsai started his Walker series here, his short is probably the best of the bunch. Kim's short is pretty decent too, with some nice shots here and there, Hui's entry is forgettable and Gu's one is the worst of the bunch. Relatively short and somewhat varied, but unless you are a completist like me there's not that much here.