“Et tu, Brute?” ― William Shakespeare
Encapsulating five decades of friendship,class struggle,modernity vs traditionalism,betrayal,discipline in facets of professional endeavors,art of storytelling this is a gorgeously mounted experience...
The Late Leslie Cheung is the highlight here,veering between vulnerability and rage with superb control...the stunningly beautiful Gong Li was mesmerizing to watch, a beauty with brains,my heart skipped a beat every time i saw her :-)...Zhang Fengyi is brilliant foil who changes from a meandering rascal into a broken down individual who just yearns to make love with his wife!
The most striking feature was the costumes,they simply took my breath away...The atmospherics felt like i was transported back in time!
This winner of the Palm D'or(Along with the Piano) at the Cannes Film Festival is triumphant film making brimming with solid performances,rich colors and an authentic representation of turbulent times undergoing changes.