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JonR.Apr 9, 2008I'll have to see it again, but my first two looks at Hou Hsiao-hsien's latest feature, initially announced as the first in a new series, have led me to conclude that it's one of the emptiest good-looking films by a major director that I can recall--even though it's also the first of his films to get a U.S. release (unless one counts the 1987 Daughter of the Nile, which was barely noticed). The characters are boring--terminally familiar zeros--and the ability of this Taiwanese master to be a provocative and prescient historian of the present (Goodbye South, Goodbye and portions of Good Men, Good Women) appears to have deserted him. Visually, he works much closer to his actors than usual and moves his characters in and out of focus, defining a much more claustrophobic world than he has in the past. But the story--a young bar hostess (Hong Kong star Shu Qi) shuttles between her jealous boyfriend/flatmate and a gangster while taking ecstasy and throwing tantrums--seems standard issue, apart from the somewhat unorthodox voice-over narration, at least until an unexpectedly lyrical finale… Expand
JoshCNov 20, 2006One of the worst films of the decade. It makes "Jackass" look like a work of art.