Bill Kong

Bill Kong

Bill Kong Quick Links

Film RSS

Lust, Caution Review


Good
Halfway through Lust, Caution, Ang Lee's follow-up to Brokeback Mountain, Mr. Yee, a collaborator with the Japanese in WWII Shanghai, throws the flirtatious wife of a businessman onto a bed and proceeds to have sex with her, precariously straddling the fence between rough sex and rape. Mr. Yee (the inimitable Tony Leung) and the woman, Wang (Tang Wei), will go on to have a dark and detailed set of trysts, each more carnal and sweatier than the last. Lee's camera doesn't show a hint of timidity as it sways around every curve and canal of each lover's body, at times so penetrating that one wonders if Lee's precursor was Michael Winterbottom's Nine Songs. It's not Ledger spitting in his hand before he gives it to Gyllenhaal, but it's not far off.

But before we ever get to see these thrashing entanglements, we are plummeted into the early rumblings of the Chinese resistance to the Japanese occupation. Little does Yee know that the woman he is tossing around the bedroom would love nothing more than to feel his blood splatter all over her in the middle of one of their sessions. See, Wang was once a schoolgirl with aspirations in acting, sparked by collegiate cutie Kuang (Wang Leehom), a director who wrote (terrible) plays about the damages of the war and subsequent occupation on the normal Chinese family. While discussing politics in a theater balcony, Kuang and his actors turned from thespians into resistance fighters, planning the assassination of the traitorous Yee.

Continue reading: Lust, Caution Review

Hero (2002) Review


Excellent
After political (Raise the Red Lantern), sexy (Ju Dou) and reflective (The Road Home) films, writer-director Zhang Yimou embraces the aerodynamic action of digitally enhanced kung fu swordplay made famous in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The object here is to outdazzle that genre landmark and, perhaps, to outdo it at the box office.

It's probably too late and too familiar a technique to do either, but there's plenty to admire despite those limitations, for which it has already received critical and award level acclaim. At the time of this writing, it is one of the 2002 Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.

Continue reading: Hero (2002) Review

Bill Kong

Bill Kong Quick Links

Film RSS
Advertisement

Occupation

Filmmaker


Suggested

Be Kind: Songs to inspire compassion in a world of conflict [Playlist]

Be Kind: Songs to inspire compassion in a world of conflict [Playlist]

Looks like we need to learn basic humanity again.

Album of the Week: We're joining Deee-Lite's World Clique

Album of the Week: We're joining Deee-Lite's World Clique

'World Clique' was released on this day (August 7th) in 1990.

Meme of the Week: The best

Meme of the Week: The best "I'm secretly listening to" posts on Twitter

We have never been called out so hard by a meme in our lives.

Billie Eilish - My Future Video

Billie Eilish - My Future Video

Billie Eilish is back with possibly her most chilled out song yet. 'My Future' comes alongside a melancholy animated video starring Billie herself.

Advertisement
Seven greatest movie soundtracks of the 90s

Seven greatest movie soundtracks of the 90s

The 90s was the greatest decade for movie soundtracks. Change our minds.

Taylor Swift - Cardigan Video

Taylor Swift - Cardigan Video

Taylor Swift goes from lively pop to a more dreamy vibe with her newly released album 'Folklore', and she has unveiled an appropriate video for her...

Does One Direction still have a place in a DIY decade of music? [Opinion]

Does One Direction still have a place in a DIY decade of music? [Opinion]

Would a permanent hiatus be the best choice for the much-loved boyband?

Album of the Week: Paolo Nutini takes us back to 'These Streets'

Album of the Week: Paolo Nutini takes us back to 'These Streets'

'These Streets' was released on this day (July 17th) in 2006.

Advertisement

Bill Kong Movies

Lust, Caution Movie Review

Lust, Caution Movie Review

Halfway through Lust, Caution, Ang Lee's follow-up to Brokeback Mountain, Mr. Yee, a collaborator with...

Hero (2002) Movie Review

Hero (2002) Movie Review

After political (Raise the Red Lantern), sexy (Ju Dou) and reflective (The Road Home) films,...

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews