Gravely dark, depressing tale!
Xiao Likun, handsome, sensitive, is fond of poetry. He has a strong ego, but his butcher family background makes him ashamed. Jiang Yue’e is a kinder-garden music teacher, sexy, craving for romance. They meet across, get a crush on each other and get a marriage very soon. However, this happy marriage buries a tragic seed. The conflict due to their different social backgrounds and status intensifies. Unsurprisingly, they get a divorce and Xiao loses everything but the guardianship of his son, Xiao Lei. He revenges Jiang by hiding their son from her. Eventually, Jiang asks for a paternity test on the son and announces this child doesn’t belong to Xiao biologically. Xiao is overwhelmed. He wants to revenge Jiang by killing her on his own…
Native and/or alternative titles: 杀戒; Sha Jie
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, Mystery
Director: Zhu Qing
Cast: Ni Ni, Liu Ye, Zhang Doudou, Wang Xun, Sun Guitian, Huang Bojun
An intense psychological drama with a side of dark romance is how I can sum up this movie. It definitely had its amazing as well as appalling moments. If it had been done right then it could have been a great movie for sure! Let me start with the problems. The storytelling was, even at its best points, quite odd and confusing. If I understood correctly then there seemed to be flashbacks with flashbacks leading to the birth of all sorts of mind-boggling questions. Assuming I understood most of the story, I will give my opinion now. Let begin by stating that most of the movie was a series of flashbacks showing the couple’s beginnings, marriage and conflicts that too in a random order. I felt both sympathy and contempt for the characters at various points. Admittedly, this is a gravely dark and depressing tale but it had all the marks of being a superb psychological romance thriller if not for disappointing execution and mismanaged directing of the film. Despite this, both the actors were phenomenal in their parts and their acting is a core reason why this movie became bearable until the end. This is especially true for Ni Ni (The Flower of War, 2011) who was simply stunning even though this is just her 2nd film. Her beauty is beyond words and she also brought to life her ‘spoilt-bitchy-whore’ character. Even Liu Ye (Nanjing! Nanjing!, 2009) gave a praiseworthy performance. Overall, this movie wasn’t a complete disappointment but neither did it live up to its reputation.
- Acting/Cast: 8
- Story: 7
- Music/Sounds: 6
- Overall: 6
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