The film is based on a true story: the tragic life of China's first prima donna of the silver screen, Ruan Lingyu. This movie chronicles her rise to fame as a movie actress in Shanghai during the 1930s. Actress Maggie Cheung portrayed Ruan in this movie. Nicknamed the "Chinese Garbo," Ruan Lingyu began her acting career when she was 16 years old and committed suicide at age 24. The film alternates between present scenes (production talks between director Kwan, Cheung, and co-star Carina Lau, interviews of witnesses who knew Ruan), re-creation scenes with Cheung (as Ruan, acting inside this movie), and extracts from Ruan's original films including her final two films The Goddess and New Women.
Natalia M (us) wrote: Haven't seen the first two, but that doesn't seem to be necessary. Three stories, somehow connected, tell us about three different couples of different ages: 'youth', 'maturity' and 'the beyond'. They are no ordinary couples and that's what makes it different from other 'kaleidoscop' movies like "Real love". And the striptease performed by DeNiro ('the beyond' story) is genuinely touching.
Melissa G (jp) wrote: "It's more cool than weird and it stays in your head." <3 It 's a fantastic, absurd meditation on rural family life and creativity.
Laura C (fr) wrote: Gonzo journalism rocks my socks!
John W (it) wrote: A wonderful narration of the Swedish "Vrmland". A true swedish comedy from Ulf Malmros when it's unexcelled
Ricardo H (fr) wrote: GOOD DOCUMENTARYEven if the movie lacks a certain focus, trying to go to too many places at once, without taking the viewer to a final destination. It's interesting, because one comment is absolutely correct, what gay man would not want to be surrounded by so many beautiful men and even more, maybe be one of them. On the other hand, the comment from the other side is also true, if the price to pay to be in one of those events is having to surrender to peer pressure and do drugs and put your life at risk, is the price worth it? Definitely worth watching!
Greg N (fr) wrote: I'd like to say this is good. It's fun at least. Dirk
Stanley C (nl) wrote: The film has a hard time figuring out which genre it is in due to rambling around in territories of attempted comedy, drugs, gangsterism, sexual activity and business, which as a result the plot isn't all the way composed of remarkable or screen worthy moments such as making mistakes, making messes, talking about money, wasting money, racist talk and sexually harassment and the fact that the film often repeats the same scenes 3 times just to show how similar each of the 3 heroes' relation with the 3 bosses are, but the climax and ending redeems all that where the heroes are finally able to get revenge on their bosses in ironic ways in addition to solid performances by Jennifer Aniston and Charlie Day (who played the best boss-hero relation out of the 3 pairs)