Tragic story of a young girl and a Chinese man, star-crossed lovers. It still holds hints of racism, but I'll give Griffith the benefit of the doubt. Draggy at times and could have been edited down. But Lillian Gish gives an amazing performance, the fear and sadness was palpable, and her final scene absolutely devastating.
A psychological thriller with a sharp climax. It takes while to build up, and at times I was not convinced of the narrative coherency of the film. Sequences of events that the protagonist could not possibly know about were flashed on screen, hinting at either lazy expostion, or a dream theory that my mind is unable to wrap itself around.
It's a little disappointing for a film that I had high expectations for, but I shan't dismiss Miike yet. The chilling final scenes and overall cutting premise bodes well for him, and I'll either rewatch this in the future, or catch another one of his films.
It's confounding. It's thought-provoking. It's unexpected. All the things a good documentary should be.
Makes you think about what art is; where do you draw the line between creativity and delusion? What makes art?
The documentary in itself is nothing like what I've watched before. It takes your preconceived notions and flips it on your head. Extraordinary.
I'm still blown away, speechless really.
"I think the joke is on... I don’t know who the joke is on, really. I don’t even know if there is a joke."
Ryan Gosling gives a layered performance in a role that hints at the potential he showed fully in Drive. Doing so much with so little, Gosling lays bare the empty life of a drug addict struggling to get by. Shareeka Epps matches him brilliantly as the guarded young girl who won't take no for an answer. Unwittingly discovering Gosling's character Dan Dunne's secret, she ends up being the one holding him up, rather than the other way around. Their chemistry…