So Close to Paradise
aka Biandan, guniang
First screened in May 2020
Director: Wang Xiaoshuai. Cast: Shi Yu, Guo Tao, Wang Tong, Wu Tao. Screenplay: Wang Xiaoshuai and Pang Ming.

Twitter Capsule: Artfully compressed neo-noir resonates also as era-specific comment on Chinese urbanization and global flows.

VOR:   Isn't as exciting in style or scope as recent, similar neo-noirs by Diao Yinan, Vivian Wu, and others, but images impress, and it was a bold, risky project.

Photo © 1999 Beijing Film Studio/Beijing Jin Die Yingshi Yishu

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

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