Star­ring Zhao Tao, Jiang Wu, Wang Bao­qiang, Luo Lan­shan

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM - TB

In an at­tempt to help us make sense of his vast, pes­simistic study of con­tem­po­rary China, Jia Zhangke has de­scribed the port­man­teau piece as a con­tem­po­rary wuxia. But this is very much a film about late cap­i­tal­ism and its vic­tims. Rainer Werner Fass­binder would have en­joyed the later scenes that reimag­ine the new China as a more that usu­ally vul­gar brothel. It vi­brates with anger at the hol­low­ness of the new com­pro­mises. The ou­trage is ex­cit­ing. The dis­gust is in­vig­o­rat­ing. The drive is ab­sorb­ing. Club, IFI, Dublin, 133 min

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