The Conformist Movie A Prize In Shanghai For His Turn As A Ruffian Drigting Across Jobs And Cities (2019)

After the conformists tokyo movie ex screening a viewer asked director cai shangjun whether movei noir is a genre on the rise in chinese cinema. Its not hard to see why. Cais third and latest feature which bowed at movieex alongside vivian qu’s noir inflected angels wear white is a finely crafted tale in which a hard boiled hoodlum contends with myriad crimanals multiple conspiracies and an icy femme fatale in bleak border outposts in china and russia.

Though the conformists story and visual style bear scant resemblance to bernando bertoluccis thriller of the same name cai has acquitteed himself with many of the same elements that propelled that 1970 movie to legendary status. There the lead actor steller performance with huang bo lost in thailand journey to the west conquering the demons delivering a nauanced measured turn in perhaps his most against type role to date. Then there the sight and sound hond kong D.P. Yu lik wai teases out an eerie sense of beauty from the movie gloomy architecture and snowy landscapes while qin wenchen score and wen bos sound effects further augment the ambience.

Having seemingly ditched his comical persona for good huang has already won a prize at the shanghai international movie festival and nomination at taiwani golden horses. the movie has also enjoyed festival exposure in toronto and tokyo though a chinses release date has not yet been confirmed. Bolstered by huang performance by cinematographer yus arthouse credibility thanks to his long running collaboration with jia zhangke and by director cai’s track record he won venices best director prize in 2011 with his previous mountain people sea the conformist appears earmarked for wide travel.

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