It's a remarkable blend of arthouse and commercial cinema that strikes a perfect balance between entertainment and cinematic wonder, one of the most stylishly entertaining films out there.
The good stuff
Good to see Wen Jiang still has it. For the larger part Hidden Man is on par with Let the Bullets Fly, featuring that same, smirky light-heartedness that makes Jiang's post-2000 work such a delight. Superb cinematography, actors who are in on the joke and an amusing plot make this a fun watch, though not as exuberant as Let the Bullets Fly.
Strong on every level, juicy and playful, it's a neat little diamond in the rough. Recommended for adventurous film fans.
A decent, nicely shot and entertaining coming of age drama. It's a little long and Jiang is merely sticking to what's known to been working in the genre, but the acting is fine, the cinematography is solid and the characters are quite fun to hang around with. Not his greatest work, but a good start to his career nonetheless.
Disappointing film from Jiang. The erratic camera doesn't work that well, characters are very loud and obnoxious and the running time is simply inexcusable. There are some decent moments and the use of black and white is fine, but that alone won't save this film. Luckily his more recent work is way better than this.