The movie good?:
Good movie but mind you the film itself was banned in China maybe because of the strong sexual scene and the bleak portrait of the modern China particularly in Beijing.
Tell me, it is worth watching?:
The first hour was very uncomfortable with the strong sex scenes and prostitution but seem appropriate to the plot of the movie. This is the basis to introduce to us the characters and the tragedy that soon emerged. All the actors was brilliant and I can say all of them was the gem of the film. The characters involved are from families or peoples whose struggling to find lives in the big city of Beijing. The rich childless couple and a poor migrant couple from rural China and their prostitute friend was just a metaphor of our struggling daily lives, loneliness, ambition and dreams. One day, an incident happened and from then on, the lives of them intertwined and choices have to be made involving sex, money, pride, your own life or your own family.
52% of Tomatometer and an average 5.5/10 of rating!
LOST IN BEIJING (2007) plot:
Set against the frenzied backdrop of Beijing, where a fast growing economy has created a new class of urban socialites and nouveau riche, Lost in Beijing features four of Asian cinema’s biggest stars – Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Elaine Jin, Fan Bingbing and Tong Da Wei – who together fumble their waway through a tragicomic ménage-a-quatre that left the Chinese censors blazing. An-kun and his wife Ping-guo have built a modest living for themselves following their move to the capital from China’s poorer northeast. An-kun works washing the windows of Beijing’s skyscrapers while Ping-guo earns a decent wage as a masseuse at the Gold Basin Foot Massage Palace, a popular parlor owned by Dong, a rich middle-aged businessman who epitomizes China’s new money-obsessed society. When Ping-guo returns to the massage parlor following a liquid lunch break with one of her coworkers, Dong finds her sprawled across a couch in his office. Exploiting her drunken state, he awkwardly forces himself on her, not realizing that An-kun, atop his perch outside the office window, is a witness to what is happening. Seeing this as a moneymaking opportunity, An-kun decides to blackmail Dong – either he pays or he gets brought up on charges for rape. But when Ping-guo learns that she’s pregnant, the stakes get even higher. In a brokered deal that includes An-kun, Ping-guo, Dong and Dong’s wife Wang-mei, the fate of the child will join the two couples in an emotional game of tug of war, where the sides will split over money and revenge, but where love and redemption may rise above them all. (New Yorker Films)
LOST IN BEIJING (2007) Info:
LOST IN BEIJING (2007) is banned in China, despite the heavily censored effort from the filmmaker. The producers have been banned from making movies in China for the next 2 years.
Director: Yu Li
Writers: Li Fang, Yu Li
Stars: Tony Leung Ka Fai, Fan Bingbing, Tong Dawei, Elaine Jin, Zeng Meihuzi
Nominated for Golden Berlin Bear for Best Film (Berlin International Film Festival 2007)
Nominated for the Golden Kinnaree Awards for Best Film (Bangkok International Film Festival 2007)
Winner of Best Screenplay – Special Jury Mention (Tribeca Film Festival 2007)