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Solid pieces

A West Lake Moment

Yuan Yang Hu Die
2004 / 112m - China
Drama, Romance
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Dubious filler


by Ho Yim
Si Shui Liu Nian
1984 / 96m - Hong Kong
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Relatively generic arthouse drama. The basis for Homecoming is the usual rural vs urban friction that seems to permeate every single Chinese arthouse film. Yim's direction is pretty steadfast and the film does have its moments, but there's not a single scene that surprises, which is a real bummer.

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Coral is a woman from lives in Hong Kong, but who feels lost in the city. Desperate for a change of scenery, she travels back to her hometown. She visits some old friends there, but then it transpires that her time away from home has changed her in such a way that going back to her old life is virtually impossible.

Performances are decent but nothing special, the cinematography is clean but a little dim and the score doesn't add much substantial. The drama is passable, and the film never becomes overly generic, it's just that I've seen the same thing so many times before that it just doesn't really work anymore.

Plain forgettable

King Of Chess

Kei Wong
1991 / 109m - Hong Kong
King Of Chess poster