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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Curse of the Golden Boobs

There is a Chinese film festival at UCLA this month. I don't know Chinese cinema that well, but lately I've been sorely disappointed by the works of its most famous director -- Zhang Yimou. To be specific, how did he go from this

and this... masterpieces such as Raise the Red Lantern, To Live and The Road Home...

To crap like this...

and this...Curse of the Golden Flowers (aka Curse of the Golden Boobs)?


Ever since Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, it seems many Chinese (really Asian) directors feel that that's what the western audience wants to see. They have forgotten who their first and foremost audience is and who they are! This is the best time to make movies about the average Chinese, their struggles during this tumultuous period, and yet Zhang chooses to make some stupid boobfest of a movie.

22 comments:

Pei-Hsuen said...

That is one ugly ass costume they stuffed Gong Li into. Although, any movie that makes him so much money is probably considered to be a golden blessing.

Pei-Hsuen said...

Interesting article about Ang Lee's new movie: http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=79221

I have to say I disagree with what you said last night about Lust, Caution being a sell out sex movie. Lee has made many movies about illicit love and uncomfortable relationships between men and women. But the relationship he portrays are anything but Hollywood.

We might not think of them as "Chinese" because we have a certain perception of Chinese as being prudish and proper, but I think that's an incorrect assumption.

Cat said...

I haven't seen Lust, Caution so I can't really comment meaningfully on the film. But I am generally against graphic sex in films. I am not saying this because I have a perception of Chinese as being prudish, but rather I believe there is a different sensibility with respect to depiction of sex in movies. What turns me off most about western films is usually gratuitous sex and violence and I believe most Chinese share the same sentiment. They are not prudes, but they probably don't want to see explicit public display of sexual acts.

Pei said...

I agree that most sex in American movies is in poor taste. But I don't agree that graphic sex in movies has to be unnecessary or gratuitous. And yes, boobs on a platter area always in poor taste.

Cat said...

I concur on that point -- not all sex and violence in movies are gratuitous -- but maybe 99.9% :-P

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