Asian films are often among the most hotly awaited, but the continent's first two competition offerings in Cannes - "Chongqing Blues" by Xiaoshuai Wang and "The Housemaid" by Im Sang-soo - left hungry cinephiles feeling distinctly underfed.
After a buoyant start with Mathieu Amalric's "Tournée" (On Tour), the brakes were slammed on the main line-up's momentum on Thursday and Friday by Chinese melodrama Chongqing Blues and South Korean thriller The Housemaid.
Chongqing Blues' trailer
Wang made the vastly superior Beijing Bicycle several years back (which won the Silver Bear in Berlin's 2001 Festival)*, and there's enough visual skill and melancholy atmosphere on display in Chongqing Blues to keep you hoping that it will deepen into something more interesting. Those hopes, alas, are dashed by the films midway point.
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The Housemaid's trailer
Date created : 2010-05-14