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Goddess of Mercy back to product details

Too much tragedy
written by tungwaiyip February 2, 2009 - 1:39 PM PST
The film starts off promisingly. Yang Rui the rich guy was persistently courting He Yanhong, the janitor girl from a Taekwondo gym. We literally saw a big SUV chasing a bicycle as he follows her trying to offer her a ride home. What looks like a predator and a prey story quickly lead to unexpected turns when he suddenly lost all his fortune and then found out she was a former cop with a young son. I was easily intrigued and was expecting another treat from director Ann Hui.

Ultimately I think the film doesn't deliver. The main part of the story is a flashback. We found He Yanhong, whose real name is actually An Xin, was working in an anti-drug squad in remote parts of China. In a chancey encounter she started a relation with a handsome young man Mao Jie. Later she was stunned to find out he is a drug trafficker during an operation. Base on her information police raided his home. And the parents of his drug trafficking family were shot as a result. This supposes to cause the bad blood between them. Twisted as it is I also find the plot has become predictable. I don't really feel for his parents. After all they were only on screen for about 30 seconds and in which they were assaulting police with automatic weapon. Blood shed only lead to more blood shed. And there is not much of a story from then on.

I am sorry to give my favorite director Ann Hui's film a 2 star. There were just too many senseless killing. Don't look for catharsis. A lot of people have died in the film, that's about it. I remember only one other film with so much tragedy that it actually makes me hate the writer for coming up with such terrible story. It is Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark. Even then Dancer in the Dark is a much better tragedy.


(Average 5.15)
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