Its the best Chinese movie of the past 20 years, not one of them

 Its the best Chinese movie of the past 20 years, not one of them

Jiang Wens the devil is coming won the Cannes Jury Award, Wang Jiaweis love for love won the best actor, Yang Dechangs one won the best director award.

A lot of people are familiar with the first two films. Today I want to share this one. Its the last movie in Yang Dechangs life and the best Chinese movie Ive seen in the past 20 years.

This is the simplest and most complicated film

For me, the most peculiar part of the movie is that its theme is complex, profound and full of philosophy. What it presents is pure, simple and elegant.

Why can we live with repetition, monotony and boredom every day? What does life go through from birth to death? What is love

However, after these enormous questions, it is not as difficult to understand as any experimental film, but rather extremely slow and plain.

The movie one one presents an amazing epic feeling to a common middle-class family in Taipei, which is composed of trivial and seemingly insignificant troubles in daily life.

There are not many lines in the movie 11, but the whole story of the whole movie, many of them are outside the lines, and the devil is hidden in the details.

This is not the plot of the thriller, but the important clue in the movie.

But as an audience, you and I, with a little attention, can sort out the context of things.

In the middle of the night, the neighbors quarreled:

When Lily, a neighbor girl, saw her mother bring her boyfriend back, she went out to see a movie under the pretext of latingting. Later, she went to find her boyfriend fat man

When Tingting went home, she happened to meet Lilys English teacher coming out of Lilys house. The English teacher lowered her head and hurried into the elevator

You dont need to take a picture of the whole thing, give a lot of space and space, and the rest of the information can be received by the audience.

Because one of the important themes of the movie is to find out the details that are ignored in our life, so as to know ourselves better.

In the movie, there is a very famous sound picture dislocation - the picture is the fetal movement in the ultrasonic image, but the sound is the introduction of computer games by the Secretary of Daejeon companyu2014u2014

At present, we cant surpass the general computer games that only beat and kill people. In addition to thinking and calculating, we can also grow into a living new life and become a good friend of everyones feelings. This is the most vast business opportunity of computer games.

At present, we cant surpass the general computer game products that only beat and kill people. Its not that we dont know enough about computers, but that we dont know enough about people and ourselves.

Then there is the mental state of modern urbanites.

The immutable and frozen as like as two peas of the house of Jane, the mother of min, after her mothers death, she found that her life and her whole life were repeated and unchangeable.

Whats more sad is that even the closest people are silent about Minmins crying. At last, NJ comfortingly says, do you want to live in the mountain for a few days?

In Yang Dechangs films, Min Mins pain is not personal, but the mental state of modern urbanites he observes.

So there is a scene in the movie. Min Min stands in front of the companys floor to ceiling window. Her figure naturally blends into the city of Taipei. The red light in the distance just hits Min Mins heart.

The movie one one is Yang Dechang himself

On the other hand, Minmins husband, NJ, also lingers in what will happen if we come back to life again. The answer for him is to go back to his youth.

In this passage, the director uses a parallel clip, NJ and first love ARI, daughter Tingting and fatso, forming a dual relationship between the two characters, echoing back and forth.

NJ and first love ARI are in Tokyo, and their daughters Tingting and chubby are in Taipei. Different places have similar backgrounds:

Time of cross synchronization:

After one experience, NJ found that life would not be different even if it was repeatedu2014u2014

If I live again, I dont think its necessary.

NJs answer is a question that director Yang Dechang has been asking in the film.

The role of NJ in 11 has the experience of director Yang Dechang. Yang Dechang was born in Shanghai and grew up in Taiwan.

The major of the university is electrical engineering, but what Yang Dechang really likes is film and architecture. After graduating from University, Yang Dechang worked as an engineer in the United States for seven years.

After that, he chose to make a movie.

Yang Dechang, then in his thirties, applied for architecture at MIT and Harvard University. And a friend asked him, if you read architecture, would you still want to make a movie? [1

From the beginning of the section Hope in the story of time in 1982, Yang Dechang will spend a lot of time on the script before preparing each film, the script is the most important. [2

When preparing a script (even a biography of characters thicker than the script), he will start from a point, a concept, and build a skeleton to enrich the details. The movie one one has been going through 15 years from the concept to the final shooting.

But it also makes the characters in his films have a strong color of introspection.

Whether its NJ and Minmin in 11, Xiaoming in the age of independence, or the woman writer whose life is waterless in terrorist, they keep asking questionsu2014u2014

Why is the world like this?

Why is life so repetitive every day?

They all lived too sober, suffering from being sober.

The best Chinese film in the past 20 years

One one is different from other works of Yang Dechang.

Yang Dechang, who returned to Taiwan from the United States in the 1980s, witnessed the process of Taiwans transformation from an agricultural society to an industrial society. But at the same time, these people are suffering from depression, confusion and pain in the face of a rapidly changing society.

When I got married, I thought it was a new start. If I wanted to have a baby, I thought it was a new start. If I wrote a new novel, I hope it was a new start. If I decide to leave you, I want a new start.

The 1986 film attracted the attention of Zhan Mingxin, a contemporary literary and art theorist, who wrote an important paper redraw Taipei for the film.

In the movie mahjong, Yang Dechang wants to express: no one in the world knows what he wants. They wait for someone to tell them. Because no one is willing to admit their mistakes when they fail, they prefer to be cheated and blame others.

The film was made in Taiwan in the 1990s. In the 1980s, the transformation from agricultural society to industrial society has passed. The local people with no spiritual sustenance have no sustenance but to make money desperately.

Dont get me wrong, Yang Dechang is not missing something lost and beautiful in the past (just like the British lakeside Poets).

On the contrary, his films always belong to the city. He just wants to know whether there can be a closer relationship between people in the cold and alienated city.

In his own words:

I kept thinking about whether it is possible to develop the interpersonal relationship of early agricultural society in modern society, and then I found that it is not impossible, but rather the city may be a place where the interpersonal relationship develops and becomes closer.

Why do I make some movies about the city, because its a common way of life in a civilized society. [3

Of course, some of Yang Dechangs questions are still unanswered in 11. For example, there is no way to solve the problem in the repeated life day by day.

But at least the whole movie of one one is far more peaceful than his previous films.

He no longer asked himself angrily, in fact, you are like your TV program, I am like the book I am writing. Its been a long time since.

But there are still childlike innocence and young peoples lucidity in it, so he will say, Ill show you what you cant see.

Before watching this movie, I didnt know these grand propositions he wanted to express. But I was still touched by it.

There is no other reason, because his camera does not intervene, does not emphasize, only presents the most ordinary and real side of life.

He did. He painted portraits of Taipei people.


[1] Wang Yunyan. (2006). Goodbye Yang Dechang: an interview with Taiwanese filmmakers

[2] CCTV official channel. (1990). About rose: Yang Dechang

[3] Feng Pinjia, Zhao Shunliang. (2011). (Dong): visual culture and aesthetics

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