Monday, March 17, 2008

One of the best films of the year

If you haven't seen the 3 films of Chinese director Le You, I urge you to run out and rent them now. But his first 2 films, "Suzhou River" and "Purple Butterfly", pale in comparison to the operatic and sprawling "Summer Palace", just released this week. You has taken the backdrop of Beijing in the late 80's to weave a touching and epic story of 4 college students coming of age. It's a masterpiece, kin to the grand yet intimate storytelling prowess of Zhang Yimou (epecifically "To Live") but infused with a heavy dose of nouvelle vague. See it at all costs.

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