Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Crazy Stone

Crazy Stone (Ning Hao, China/HK, 2006).

Crazy Stone is part of the new project "Asian New Director Project" sponsored by Andy Lau. This project FOCUS: First Cuts involves new and upcoming directors from across China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. webpage view trailer
The film is screened at the closing of the PIFF this year. (see post related).

This comedy is about a priceless jade that professional high-tech thieves and incompetent criminals want to steal. The jade was found in a factory in Chongqing, the head of the factory decides to hold an exihibition and hires an ex-cop Bao Shihong to protect this stone and handle security.

Many characters are involved in this film, each one belonging to a group and presenting their point of views of the same moment (such as the open sequence of the film of the car crash which permits to introduce all the characters at the same moment and time). This way of narrative structure and the quick, sharp editing could remind of Tarantino's or perhaps more like Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
The script is well handled, the actors show all their vitality and skills for a snappy, dark comedy, based on the acting and on the situation, both being rather cartoonish and exaggerated, sometimes even quite burlesque. However the film seems to be too long and tails off towards the end.

Next Ning Hao's film, Crazy Racer, based on his novel, Red Bicycle, will be starring Andy Lau.

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