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Murmur of the Hearts

Nian Nian
2015 / 119m - Taiwan
Murmur of the Hearts poster

After its big yet sudden peak in 2011, Taiwanese cinema seems to have subsided again.

Princess D

Seung Fei
2002 / 106m - Taiwan
Sci-fi, Romance
Princess D poster

In Between

Xin Tong Ju Shi Dai
1994 / 105m - Taiwan
Comedy, Drama, Romance
In Between poster

Three stories about modern relationships, that is, what was considered modern in 90s Hong Kong. Each short has its purpose and the quality between them is pretty consistent. Sadly it doesn't offer any of the creative freedoms you'd expect from an anthology. The result is a bit mediocre.


Shi Jian You Ta
2022 / 117m - China
Hero poster

Poor China. For a few years, their budding cinema industry was full of excitement. Now that the dust has settled down, we're seeing a lot of sentimental garbage that gobbles up talented actors and directors. Hero is the latest in a string of films that feel like the creativity was sucked out of it at some stage.

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It's no surprise that a Chinese film dealing with the early days of the COVID pandemic is going to feel a bit ... restrained. We get three interconnected stories, about women in different cities who are facing the troubles of the pandemic in their own unique ways. Of course, it's all about their strength and compassion.

With Sylvia Chang, Joan Chen, and Shaohong Li behind the camera, and Xun Zhou and Sammi Cheng in front of it, this should've been an easy sell, but somehow the drama comes off quite cheesy and unearned. It's all very heavy-handed, quite uncinematic and at two hours long, stretched beyond its breaking point. There's a basic quality present, but at the same time, they can do so much better.