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After a series of tragic life events, Li (Daniel Wu) is burnt out. His beautiful but increasingly moody wife is never home, the unpaid bills are piling up and his work is pressuring him to lie at a public hearing. With seemingly no options left he decides to end it all. But he can't even do that right. Enter Chuck (Kevin Spacey), Li's wise-talking American neighbor who takes Li under his wing and encourages him to stand up for himself and the exploited people around him. Together they hit the streets as superhero's much to the bewilderment of those around them. After initial success it becomes clear that Chuck is not really who he says he is and Li may be in serious trouble. (Includes Chinese with English Subtitles)
Surprising, thoughtful and all around excellent film
Had a chance to see this finally after hearing about it and loved it! Saw it when 6 other friends and they all loved it too...unfortunately some of the trailers are not representative AT ALL of what the film is about, which may explain some of the odd negative reviews, cuz perhaps some folks were expecting something this film is clearly not: It is not a pure action, or super hero, or pure drama, or pure comedy. Dramedy may be a more apt category. Intelligent story with humor and drama that is not forced or contrived, with a series of well thought out twists and turns, it does have english subtitles in places as the film has english parts and chinese parts. Spacey is superb and the chinese actors do a great job as well.
I really enjoyed this movie. It is a foreign film which is done in both Chinese and English and it is really unique. The movie has a very Chinese flavor to it so do not expect to see another hollywood film, but it also stars Kevin Spacey who is hilarious. The plot was both surprising and twisted. The offbeat characters were a lot of fun and their suffering and adventures were comical. I don't want to give away the plot but if you are a lover of foreign films and enjoy being taken for a little ride I'd recommend this one!
It feels like a student film. From the story construction, to the editing, it's just so … err, very low rate. Not sure if Kevin Spacey wanted a vacation in China or what was going on here. But I'm at a total loss of why he made this movie. With that said. As a feel good movie and a story about getting it together when you're down it's ok (hence the three stars) if you don't mind the recycled plot lines and sloppy nature of it.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2012
- 2011 Colordance Pictures. Artwork © 2012 Viva Pictures.