Either way, I have to say that I enjoyed the movie. It made me want
to read all of Yiyun Li's short stories (the movie is based on one of
her stories). The movie moves a bit too slowly, but we never fast
forwarded through any of the parts. I actually had no idea what the
movie was going to be about -- I thought it was going to be
lighthearted because of the title, but it's pretty melancholy at parts.
Right now the film's got 218,276 hits on YouTube. Is this a lot or a little? I guess it depends how you look at it. On the one hand, Wayne Wang is a living legend among filmmakers (Chan is Missing, Smoke, Joy Luck Club, etc.), so you'd think hundreds of thousands of people would jump at the chance to watch one of his movies for free. At the same time, there's so much free stuff to watch online nowadays, he's probably competing for peoples' (relatively short) attention spans. On the other hand, going to the movies is sort of a treat so a free movie by a renowned director is a good deal. And actually, 200,000 is a lot of people though there's no way of telling how many people watched the whole thing.
For those of you familiar with Wang's works, including mainstream films like Maid in Manhattan, this one has a much more indie, arty and hand-held camera feel. Some of the acting is uneven but it didn't bother me too much.
For those who've seen it, what did you make of the film? And the ending? I have my own interpretation of what she did.
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