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  • Summary: Marda (Jia), a motorcycle courier becomes obsessed with a beautiful young girl named Moudan (Zhou), whom he falls in love with only to lose her in a botched kidnap attempt to gain money from her wealthy father. Moudan jumps into the murky waters of the Suzhou River and becomes lost forever.Marda (Jia), a motorcycle courier becomes obsessed with a beautiful young girl named Moudan (Zhou), whom he falls in love with only to lose her in a botched kidnap attempt to gain money from her wealthy father. Moudan jumps into the murky waters of the Suzhou River and becomes lost forever. Marda is sentenced for three years, but upon his return he meets MeiMei (Zhou), an identical look-alike whom he suspects is actually Moudan, or is she? (Strand Releasing) Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
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  1. 90
    A waterlogged little jewel of a Chinese movie that you must rush out and see at once or else.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    Whatever city this one is showing in...move there.
  3. 83
    Seems deeply influenced by American film noir, the Western fairy tale (in this case, mermaids) and the works of Alfred Hitchcock in particular.
  4. Casts a dreamy romantic spell that lingers pleasantly in the mind for a long time after experiencing it.
  5. Reviewed by: Marta Barber
    75
    Deliciously confusing.
  6. 75
    This intriguing film is the best variation on "Vertigo" since Brian DePalma's far more polished "Obsession" (1976), which ranks with the best Hitchcock knockoffs of all time.
  7. 50
    A ghost story that's shot as though it were a documentary -- and a documentary that feels like a dream. Almost too fashionable for its own good.

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