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13. Five Flavours Asian Film Festival: Fruit Chan, slums and prostitutes

Fruit Chan relishes violence in his film. Although he himself claims that his film is not anti-feminist, it’s hard not to get the impression that it is at least offensive. Heroes do not cause sympathy. This is a problem because they deviate from the norm. One is a cripple, the other a fool, the third a nitwit. It is the same different world we have met in the artist’s earlier films. This time, however, it is a world that causes more contempt than compassion or interest.

NH19: Lunar Dream

30-year-old director is balancing on the edge of reality very well. He can hypnotize the viewer, strengthen the projection-identification (3D works very strongly here), the viewer’s bond with the hero and the impression of intermingling worlds.