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This was an...interesting movie, lớn say the least. The mix design và costumes are probably the biggest selling points - the film is visually gorgeous (director Chen Kaige clearly put a lot of thought in his vision of what the Tang Dynasty and the imperial palace looked like). The narrative is where the film struggled. It's important to lớn remember that this is a Chinese/Japanese collaboration that is based on a Japanese novel that is based on speculation of real historical events in china (that's a mouthful). Thus, there's historical inaccuracies and artistic liberties taken all over the place, but if you treat it as purely fictional, it might be a lot easier to digest.Huang Xuan & and Japanese actor Shota Sometani star as the leads - but really they are merely tools for the narration of this story, which honestly kind of took me out of the chip core story at times. I get that the original novel used this element as well, but I vày think it felt a little extra at times - that we were sacrificing the meat of the story lớn give the two stars more screentime. Huang Xuan plays Tang dynasty poet Bai Juyi, and it was kind of a weird performance from him. I think part of that is the director's fault, but the character was just a bit all over the place. Shota Sometani's Kukai was much better, và he gave a pretty good performance as the somewhat mysterious monk (yes, all the Japanese actors have their voices dubbed - though they do have some lines where they speak Japanese). The two pair up khổng lồ find out why a demon mèo has been haunting the capital.The real story revolves around the famous (or infamous, depending on who you ask) Yang Guifei, the imperial consort of the Emperor Xuanzong - và the circumstances surrounding her death. This is the part of the story where it becomes purely fictional and speculative - but it was definitely the most interesting part of the film. I don't know where I read this, but apparently in the novel, the tác giả had described her being of mixed blood, so the casting of Sandrine Pinna makes a little bit more sense (as you can imagine, mainland audiences were not impressed by a Taiwanese/French Yang Guifei).Sandrine is gorgeous in her role (seriously, she looks absolutely stunning in ancient costume) & had a dignity và loneliness lớn her that suited the character well - the only thing that kind of throws you off is that Yang Guifei has been known historically as having a very voluptuous figure (Sandrine is on the slender side). Yang Guifei is so famous for this in trung quốc that it has become part of her characterization - và it was more noticeable because actress Kitty Zhang, who plays another character in the film, does have that kind of figure. I imagine they wanted Sandrine more for her face and overall presence so it's not a huge giảm giá - just an interesting note.I would have liked lớn seen more of Zhang Luyi's Emperor Xuanzong and gotten a glimpse of what exactly he was thinking throughout the film, but I guess it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. The love that they had for each other could have also done better - I think I got a pretty good hint of what their relationship looked like, but I vì think it could have been explored more since it was such a crucial part of the story. Hiroshi Abe's character was also an interesting foil to lớn the Emperor.Liu Haoran & Ou Hao are the two youngsters in the cast và let's just say I was quite surprised by their importance khổng lồ the story, especially Liu Haoran's Bai Long. I've seen the BTS clips of the way they're styled for the film & wasn't sure how I felt about it, but it's pretty stunning once you see them in motion. Liu Haoran famously lost đôi mươi pounds for the role after Chen Kaige looked at him and said he was a little too chubby (which I think is ridiculous because the boy is already built like a stick), but it worked well for the role visually. The two's characters also added a dimension to lớn the story that I wasn't expecting, but welcomed as it actually made the story come alive for me.I think I've used the word "visually" probably at least six times already - and that kind of goes to lớn show where most of the thought went into for this film. The chip core storyline was interesting, but screentime was limited - Huang Xuan và Shota Sometani probably had triple the amount of appearances than anyone else. Considering that they aren't directly involved, it just slows the pace down significantly and makes the transitions seem a bit choppy (it also disturbs your emotional attachment lớn the characters). But if you cast stars, you've got to give them screentime, right?This was an ambitious attempt by the director, và the film covered a wild variety of themes & motifs, but probably bit off more than they could chew. Still, I enjoyed it for what it was a - a treat for the eyes & an explorative look at a well known story và characters.

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