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I am in love. Madly, passionately, crazily. The object of this affection? Perhaps Love, a 2005 Chinese movie musical starring Takeshi Kaneshiro (does this man just get hotter with each movie I see him in, or what? And he can sing as well? Seriously, he must run over small children or something to counterbalance the wonderfulness), as well as Xun Zhou and Jackie Cheung. [livejournal.com profile] koalathebear, I am definitely in your debt, as I wouldn't have heard of the movie if it wasn't for your lj entry a few months back (though I know you didn't like it as much as I do).



This is an amazing movie: reminding me of older French movies like "A Man and a Woman," or "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," a musical fantasmagoria that makes Moulin Rouge unsubtle and shrill, and well, itself. The story jumps between three different timelines, points of view of multiple characters, and a whole lot of emotional baggage, but incredibly, it works. I found it like poetry in motion, and visually stunning, and (which is an odd thing for a movie that deals with finiteness of love) one of the most romantic movies I've ever seen.



The plot: A director, Nie Wen (Cheung) is filming a musical (all the musical numbers in the movie are in a context of this). His star, and arguably his muse (and his lover) is Sun Na (Xun Zhou), a beautiful and very ambitious actress. His leading man is Lin Jian-Dong (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a famous HK actor, who takes on the role because 10 years ago, when they were both unknown and penniless, he and Sun Na had a destructive, passionate affair that ended badly and he's never been able to let go of it. The plot of the musical, in fantastic ways, parallels the real story as is happening, as the plot of the movie involves a circus girl who forgets her partner (amnesia, spell, I am not sure?) and takes up with a circus director instead, who manufactured beautiful memories for her.

Nonspoilery thoughts and reasons why this is so good )

Pictures from the movie )
dangermousie: (HofD: sword by winterspel)
I am in love. Madly, passionately, crazily. The object of this affection? Perhaps Love, a 2005 Chinese movie musical starring Takeshi Kaneshiro (does this man just get hotter with each movie I see him in, or what? And he can sing as well? Seriously, he must run over small children or something to counterbalance the wonderfulness), as well as Xun Zhou and Jackie Cheung. [livejournal.com profile] koalathebear, I am definitely in your debt, as I wouldn't have heard of the movie if it wasn't for your lj entry a few months back (though I know you didn't like it as much as I do).



This is an amazing movie: reminding me of older French movies like "A Man and a Woman," or "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," a musical fantasmagoria that makes Moulin Rouge unsubtle and shrill, and well, itself. The story jumps between three different timelines, points of view of multiple characters, and a whole lot of emotional baggage, but incredibly, it works. I found it like poetry in motion, and visually stunning, and (which is an odd thing for a movie that deals with finiteness of love) one of the most romantic movies I've ever seen.



The plot: A director, Nie Wen (Cheung) is filming a musical (all the musical numbers in the movie are in a context of this). His star, and arguably his muse (and his lover) is Sun Na (Xun Zhou), a beautiful and very ambitious actress. His leading man is Lin Jian-Dong (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a famous HK actor, who takes on the role because 10 years ago, when they were both unknown and penniless, he and Sun Na had a destructive, passionate affair that ended badly and he's never been able to let go of it. The plot of the musical, in fantastic ways, parallels the real story as is happening, as the plot of the movie involves a circus girl who forgets her partner (amnesia, spell, I am not sure?) and takes up with a circus director instead, who manufactured beautiful memories for her.

Nonspoilery thoughts and reasons why this is so good )

Pictures from the movie )
dangermousie: (HofD: sword by winterspel)
I am in love. Madly, passionately, crazily. The object of this affection? Perhaps Love, a 2005 Chinese movie musical starring Takeshi Kaneshiro (does this man just get hotter with each movie I see him in, or what? And he can sing as well? Seriously, he must run over small children or something to counterbalance the wonderfulness), as well as Xun Zhou and Jackie Cheung. [livejournal.com profile] koalathebear, I am definitely in your debt, as I wouldn't have heard of the movie if it wasn't for your lj entry a few months back (though I know you didn't like it as much as I do).



This is an amazing movie: reminding me of older French movies like "A Man and a Woman," or "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," a musical fantasmagoria that makes Moulin Rouge unsubtle and shrill, and well, itself. The story jumps between three different timelines, points of view of multiple characters, and a whole lot of emotional baggage, but incredibly, it works. I found it like poetry in motion, and visually stunning, and (which is an odd thing for a movie that deals with finiteness of love) one of the most romantic movies I've ever seen.



The plot: A director, Nie Wen (Cheung) is filming a musical (all the musical numbers in the movie are in a context of this). His star, and arguably his muse (and his lover) is Sun Na (Xun Zhou), a beautiful and very ambitious actress. His leading man is Lin Jian-Dong (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a famous HK actor, who takes on the role because 10 years ago, when they were both unknown and penniless, he and Sun Na had a destructive, passionate affair that ended badly and he's never been able to let go of it. The plot of the musical, in fantastic ways, parallels the real story as is happening, as the plot of the movie involves a circus girl who forgets her partner (amnesia, spell, I am not sure?) and takes up with a circus director instead, who manufactured beautiful memories for her.

Nonspoilery thoughts and reasons why this is so good )

Pictures from the movie )

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