Gwei Lun-mei (STOOL PIGEON, BLACK COAL THIN ICE) is awfully cute in this entertaining (but pretty standardized) Chinese production of an afterlife-character-swapping comedy - which is the remake of a Korean original, btw. I haven't seen any other films by Malaysian born director Wi Ding Ho yet, but I will keep my eyes open. This film is very well made.
Excellent, gritty and realistic account of a petty criminal left behind by his old pals that can adapt to new aggregational develeopments of contemporary chinese society. A bit too long, maybe, and losing its track in the last half hour, but that's just minor criticism in an overall superb film. Cinematography by genius Yu Lik-wai.
Yes, this is maybe as good as it gets. Its biggest achievements surely are that this is not an empty popculture ballet without significant meaning orbiting around itself in a delirious hedonist fashion but bears, on the one hand, a lot of reference to actual ongoing developments (speak: anxieties) of society (The Zero Church as a religious cult, cf. A Guru is born (Takeshi Kitano), or 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)) and youth culture (panties-hentais versus punky chicks adoring pure love (cf.…