Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
Original title: Zhou yu De Huo Che
China/Hong Kong, 2002. , , , , Screenplay by Zhou Sun, Mei Zhang, based on the novel by Cun Bei. Cinematography by Yu Wang. Produced by Jianxin Huang, William Kong, Zhou Sun. Music by Shigeru Umebayashi. Production Design by Li Sun. Film Editing by William Chang.
The phenomenally lovely Li Gong stars as Zhou Yu, a porcelain painter who falls in love with a poet and travels on a train three times a week to visit him in his loft. The poet seems fully enamored of her but isn’t very forthcoming about his feelings. Enter a more earnest veterinarian who meets Zhou Yu on the train and tries very hard to convince her that he’s the best man for her. Meanwhile, another woman (also played by Li Gong, and maybe the same woman, maybe not) watches the action and makes observances about the heroine and her burgeoning feelings during the relationship. Zhou Sun’s elliptical story tries very hard to be experimental and a narratively complex equal to Last Year At Marienbad, but the characters are dull and the story has absolutely nothing to offer even the most undemanding viewer. The photography is perfectly gorgeous and suits the lushly romantic tone of the film, but the romance is uninteresting and too dull to even be predictable.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2003