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英语影评:Film Review: Luxury Car

2010年05月13日  所属:英文写作  来源:环球时代  作者:佚名

江城夏日剧情介绍:即将退休的山村教师李启明来到省城寻找离家出走的儿子,无意中碰到一个同样失去儿子的老警察并得到老警察的全力帮助。老警察带着他在省城四处打听儿子李学勤的下落。他俩都不知道,其实李学勤几年前已经死于一场奥迪车的劫车案。 艰难曲折的寻子过程中,这辆奥迪车却不断地出现在李启明的面前。原来,现在奥迪车的主人,正是李启明女儿李艳红的现在的男朋友鹤哥。鹤哥已经是一家夜总会的老板,想努力做一个成功的商人。因为怀着对死去的手下李学勤深深的内疚,鹤哥而对李艳红倍加关爱和呵护。此时,李艳红已经怀上了鹤哥的孩子。 寻子过程中,父亲和老警察得到一个错误的线索,被告知当年李学勤去了深圳。于是李启明告诉女儿,他决定去深圳继续他的寻子旅途。 鹤哥从李艳红那里得知李启明要去深圳寻子,不禁又一次陷入了深深的矛盾和良心的自责中。因为只有他知道,李学勤其实已经死去。李启明的到深圳寻子只会是又一场徒劳。他几次想告诉李艳红事情的真相,却又几次欲言又止。 快开学了,李启明要回老家,鹤哥设宴为李启明送行,李启明叫来了这些日子一直帮助他的老警察。送走李启明和李艳红后,奥迪车上只剩下老警察和鹤哥两人。老警察对鹤哥的奥迪车的来历产生了怀疑,话语中旁敲侧击,这让鹤哥十分紧张。惟恐掩盖多年的劫车案被老警察再提起。老警察盘问起鹤哥。车上的气氛顿然凝固,两人之间展开了一场较量。情急之中,鹤哥失手杀死了老警察。鹤哥驾奥迪车逃跑,被警察抓追捕归案。 李艳红回到老家,只有她深深地知道鹤哥的内心。她决定生下她和鹤哥的孩子。 几个月后,一个新的生命来到了人间。看着眼前的这个小生命,李艳红笑了。聆听到新生命的啼哭声,李启明仿佛也看到了当年的儿子李学勤,眼泪夺框而出……

Film Review: Luxury Car 
 
By DEREK ELLEY

 Wu Youcai plays a man looking for his son in the big city while trying to figure out daughter Tian Yuan's secretive life in 'Luxury Car.'

 Mainland Chinese helmer Wang Chao finally attains an almost perfect balance between style and content in "Luxury Car," a tightly written and beautifully played drama centered on a karaoke bar escort girl and her elderly father who visits from the sticks. Though co-financed by the same French company behind Cannes competition film "Summer Palace," pic has none of the latter's Euro arthouse feel and boasts genuinely involving characters shaped by contempo society. "Car" looks likely to motor into select venues after tooling through the fest circuit.
Film is a quantum leap for Wang, now in his mid-40s, who debuted in Cannes' Directors Fortnight five years ago with the dryly humorous "The Orphan of Anyang" and followed that three years later with the exquisitely shot but emotionally lifeless "Day and Night," co-financed by the same Gallic shingle as "Car." Current item preserves the same tech finish but dumps the arty pretensions that hampered "Day."

Li Qiming (Wu Youcai, from legit), an aging country school teacher, arrives back in Wuhan, central China, after 40 years to find his son, Xueqin, to whom he hasn't spoken to in ages. His wife back home has uterine cancer and wants to see her son before she dies.

However, it is Li's daughter, Yanhong (rock singer Tian Yuan, from "Butterfly"), who puts her dad up at the apartment she shares with a hooker, A Li (Li Li). Yanhong says she's too busy to accompany her father on his search of the city, so, instead, Li is helped by an old cop (Li Yiqing, also from local legit), who's about to retire. The growing friendship between the two oldsters -- who share the sorrow of missing sons -- becomes one of the film's greatest pleasures.

Yanhong, who is actually the film's central character, can't follow her dad around because she works as an escort at a large karaoke club, whose "businessman" boss, He (Huang He), she's sleeping with and is also pregnant by. For appearance's sake, He pretends to be Yanhong's b.f. and shows respect to her father.

The quietly observant father soon figures out much of what is going on but doesn't raise a fuss and is heartened by news that his son may now be in Shenzhen (across from Hong Kong). The truth, however, is somewhat different, and events take a hand when war breaks out between He and another local "businessman" (Wang Guoqiang).

Aside from Wang's precise but unmannered direction, which accurately captures the tenor of life in contempo China, the movie is bolstered by perfs that say much more than is actually in the dialogue -- notably in a dinner scene among the four main characters prior to the climax.

Aside from vets Wu and Li Yiqing, as the father and cop, Tian more than holds her own as the bruised but resilient daughter. Huang, too, shades what is usually an overplayed role in Chinese cinema.

Helmer Wang has flagged the picture as the last in his trilogy on China's "dark side" of society. But its craft and greater accessibility also mark his coming of age as a moviemaker. Chinese title literally means "River City Summer Days," referring to Wuhan and its location on the Yangtze.

Camera (color), Liu Yonghong; editor, Tao Wen; music, Xiao He; art director, Li Wenbo; costumes, Zhao Yanjie; sound (Dolby Digital), Wang Ran, Dominique Vieillard; assistant directors, Lei Yang, Xiang Yong, Liu Bokun. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), May 21, 2006. Running time: 88 MIN.


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