films seen
9
average score
3.27*
nationality
China - 56 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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The good stuff

Summer Palace

by Ye Lou
Also known as
Yihe Yuan
Specifics
2006 / 158m - China
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Summer Palace poster

Purple Butterfly

by Ye Lou
Also known as
Zi Hudie
Specifics
2003 / 127m - China
Genre
Drama, War
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Purple Butterfly poster

The Shadow Play

by Ye Lou
Also known as
Diyu Lianren
Specifics
2018 / 125m - China
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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The Shadow Play poster

The Shadow Play sees Ye Lou return to his former glory. The bold style will surely put some people off, but I'm glad he said farewell to the more classical arthouse fare he's been making for the past couple of years. A fun crime flick brought to life with strong colours, shadowy figures and pumped up camera work. This was quite a thrill.

Suzhou River

by Ye Lou
Also known as
Suzhou He
Specifics
2000 / 83m - China
Genre
Romance, Mystery
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Suzhou River poster

One of the pivotal films that moved Chinese cinema away from the countryside and into the cities. Suzhou River has aged quite a bit, which is normal for any film standing at the roots of a big revolution, but the core appeal is still there. Fine cinematography, strong performances and a mysterious romance. A must see.

Solid pieces

Don't Be Young

by Ye Lou
Also known as
Wei Qing Shao Nu
Specifics
1994 / 101m - China
Genre
Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Don't Be Young poster

Ye Lou's first, clearly the work of someone still figuring out his own identity. Don't Be Young is a surprisingly fun, creative and atmospheric genre film, but it lacks the hand of a seasoned director and it can't quite compensate with its youthful enthusiasm. The talent was already there though.

The inoffensive

Blind Massage

by Ye Lou
Also known as
Tui Na
Specifics
2014 / 114m - China
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Blind Massage poster

Mystery

by Ye Lou
Also known as
Fu Cheng Mi Shi
Specifics
2012 / 98m - China
Genre
Drama, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Mystery poster

Worthy but flawed

Saturday Fiction

by Ye Lou
Also known as
Lan Xin Da Ju Yuan
Specifics
2019 / 126m - China
Genre
Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Saturday Fiction poster

Ye Lou's take on film-noir. It's a bit of a surprise to see him do an almost straight-up genre film, though his can't quite leave his arthouse aesthetics behind. While that sounds interesting on paper, the result is not as slick as I would've hoped, with the action/crime elements in particular feeling out of place.

Jin is an actress who works as an undercover agent for the people of Shanghai. She discovers Japan's plan to attack Pearl Harbor, but her life gets a lot more complicated when the Japanese try to get Jin on their team. Romance, betrayal, shady figures in dark allies, all the usual noir elements are present here.

The cast is exceptional (with Gong Li and Joe Odagiri leading the pack) and the blue/gray monochrome filter looks attractive enough, but the cinematography feels a little lazy, the action doesn't translate, and the films runs a little too long. One of Lou's weaker efforts, a shame considering how great The Shadow Play was.

Plain forgettable

Spring Fever

by Ye Lou
Also known as
Chun Feng Chen Zui De Ye Wan
Specifics
2009 / 116m - China
Genre
Drama
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Spring Fever poster