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Old 02-04-08, 10:26 AM
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My Blueberry Night DVD

Hong Kong R3 edition out on 2/14:

http://global.yesasia.com/en/PrdDept...id-1010046194/
Old 02-04-08, 02:00 PM
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Excellent news. I would most likely wait for US or European release of this film but it is great to see that it is coming out.

Thanks for posting the info.

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This movie is an example of why Wong Kar Wai is a sucky director. A true test of a good director is someone that can direct anyone or a different type of theme/genre than their usual filmed ones. Take away his usual Chinese actors and replace them with good Western ones and now one can see how bad he is.

Here are some good directors that can direct anyone and any theme/genre with success: Bertolucci, Kusturica, Scorsese, Ang Lee, Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Polanski, Verhoven, to name a few....

I'm expecting Wong Kar Wai's first good movie to be The Lady from Shanghai, because this film is based on a novel, and not based on a scriptless free-for-all.

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Originally Posted by toddly6666
This movie is an example of why Wong Kar Wai is a sucky director. A true test of a good director is someone that can direct anyone or a different type of theme/genre than their usual filmed ones. Take away his usual Chinese actors and replace them with good Western ones and now one can see how bad he is.

Here are some good directors that can direct anyone and any theme/genre with success: Bertolucci, Kusturica, Scorsese, Ang Lee, Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Polanski, Verhoven, to name a few....

I'm expecting Wong Kar Wai's first good movie to be The Lady from Shanghai, because this film is based on a novel, and not based on a scriptless free-for-all.
I don't agree with this assessment of the director. However, the film is a major disappointment for fans of the director. Its pretty much a creative mis-fire on all levels (including acting). Also, the script is pretty much atrocious from beginning to end.
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good to hear that this is getting released. i'm a big WKW fan and have been looking forward to seeing this despite its lukewarm reception. is this scheduled for a US theatrical release or is it just rotting on the Wienstein's shelf?
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I am also a WKW fan. Sorry to hear other people dislike his style. I am going to wait for a local release.
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Originally Posted by toddly6666
This movie is an example of why Wong Kar Wai is a sucky director. A true test of a good director is someone that can direct anyone or a different type of theme/genre than their usual filmed ones. Take away his usual Chinese actors and replace them with good Western ones and now one can see how bad he is.

Here are some good directors that can direct anyone and any theme/genre with success: Bertolucci, Kusturica, Scorsese, Ang Lee, Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Polanski, Verhoven, to name a few....

I'm expecting Wong Kar Wai's first good movie to be The Lady from Shanghai, because this film is based on a novel, and not based on a scriptless free-for-all.
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Supposedly this movie is coming out in April in the US.
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This is becoming more of a Movie Talk thread than anything, but whatever...while I love WKW (Happy Together and Chungking Express are easily in my all-time top 50), the "lukewarm reception" for this was pretty much dead-on -- it's basically Wong spinning his wheels and replaying his greatest hits with American actors. It almost becomes a spot-the-reference game. My friend (who knew nothing of WKW) actually liked it more than I did, so this could be successful at expanding his audience, but the way it's been marketed so far (or not marketed, in the case of the U.S. release) isn't helping on that front.

At least it looks gorgeous, as if you needed someone to tell you that.
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Originally Posted by toddly6666
This movie is an example of why Wong Kar Wai is a sucky director. A true test of a good director is someone that can direct anyone or a different type of theme/genre than their usual filmed ones. Take away his usual Chinese actors and replace them with good Western ones and now one can see how bad he is.

Here are some good directors that can direct anyone and any theme/genre with success: Bertolucci, Kusturica, Scorsese, Ang Lee, Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Polanski, Verhoven, to name a few....

I'm expecting Wong Kar Wai's first good movie to be The Lady from Shanghai, because this film is based on a novel, and not based on a scriptless free-for-all.
lol i don't think wkw needs to prove himself to anyone. his back catalogue speaks for itself

if you're going to use one single movie to assess talent of a director, well then all the ones you mentionned are "sucky"

Scorsese = new york new york
Ang Lee = Hulk
Spielberg = War of the Worlds
Scott = Gi Jane
Verhoven = Showgirls

etc etc
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My Dingleberry Nights:

Holy shit, this movie sucks ass! Amateurish B-Movie. Bad, bad, BAD acting! Some people may call My Blueberry Nights artsty-fartsy. I call it just fartsy. I went in to this movie with such low expectations, hoping that I could enjoy it since what can be lower than low? Who wrote this screenplay - a 15-year old obsessed with crappy 1970s/1980s Americana-road trip/bar films? But once again, Wong Kar Wai has proven to me that he is the worst director ever. Bad direction with his choppy trademark slo-motion, lighting, and childish writing. He actually got great actors to all act awful (David Strathairn was the only good actor in this film, but he's never bad in a film). Nora Jones is just a pretty face but an awful actress. This is a slow, boring, B-movie. If you didn't know it was directed by Wong Kar Wai, it would be a straight-to-dvd movie. Why is there a Russian sign on the window of Jude Law's diner that says "KLUCHKE?" (which means "keys" in Russian). Is that the name of the diner? If that's not the name of the diner, then it's just some random cheesy tasteless way of emphasizing the symbolic usage of the key theme?

Wong Kar Wai should definitely go back to using his Chinese actors before he starts convincing people that he actually sucks. Even better, he should remake My Blueberry Nights in India with Indian actors - because it would really be "arty" and "exotic" to have Indian actors act in that "European way" of sitting around, smoking, and using dialogue straight out of an Andrew Blake porno film. And don't forget the choppy slo-mo. Or go to Jamaica. There hasn't been a famous Jamaican film. So it would be really amazing if Wong Kar Wai did his thing in Jamaica.

Once again, just because someone does a different kind of film in a mainstream-type film society (Hong Kong, China), it doesn't make it automatically good.

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But once again, Wong Kar Wai has proven to me that he is the worst director ever.
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After watching this boring amateurish movie yesterday, I had to rent a movie like Meet the Spartans today, which was really stupid as well, but entertaining at least.
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Oh I get it now.

I must be getting rusty in my dotage.
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Originally Posted by toddly6666
After watching this boring amateurish movie yesterday, I had to rent a movie like Meet the Spartans today, which was really stupid as well, but entertaining at least.
What I think about Friedberg & Seltzer movies :

Compare WKW filmography with theirs, you don't like WKW, great, but why using his last film to judge his whole work ?
And if you're looking for some entertainment, WKW produced Eagle Shooting Heroes a parody of Ashes of Time and Chinese Odyssey 2000.
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Tutut,
Thanks, but what I'm really waiting for is a WKW movie that I can like. I'm hoping it's going to be Ashes of Time Redux. I don't like "not liking" a director. I do the same with Tim Burton and Uwe Boll - I'll watch all of their films until I like one of their movies.
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I love WKW but this film was a piece of crap. Really poor.

He needs to stick with what he knows and does well.
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Reservoir,
Out of curiosity, do you think you might have liked My Blueberry Nights if it took place in Hong Kong and had all his usual HK actors but with the same story/dialogue?
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Any notable differences between the US DVD I borrowed from Netflix a month ago (just released) and the HK version?

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