Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Wild, Wild Rose (1960)

**½
Hong Kong

An awkward early case of crudely Westernised Hong Kong cinema. Bizet's Carmen is transmuted into a sultry nightclub performer and her story is filtered through Hollywood noir iconography and early 60s Japanese pop. The curiosity value wears off early, with two hours still to go.

dir: Wang Tian-lin
cast: Grace Chang, Lei Da, Liu Enjia, Ma Li, Ma Xianogong, Ouyang Sha-fei, Shen Yun, Su Feng

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