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Siskoid's avatar


In Rouge, Stanley Kwan offers a luscious 1930s Hong Kong, a world of courtesans of which Fleur (Anita Mui, who I knew better from action comedies) is the crème de la crème. And suddenly - jarringly! - we're in 1987, and there she is, a ghost looking for her lover who failed to properly commit suicide with her more than 50 years before. It's a quest thankfully interspersed with more of the 1930s story, on which she is joined by a couple who use their newspaper skills to help her, all the while wondering if their love is as strong or if there's a better love than the tragic, romantic kind represented by Fleur. Fleur has many faces, and Mui is up to the challenge, in particular giving us an undead vibe in the 1980s portions. Despite the 1930s looking, on the whole, more beautiful, the present-day is really where things pick up for me, especially in the living folk's reactions. The ending is a bit elliptical, and though love seems to have an eternal quality, so perhaps does bitterness. And where love is requited, the depth of that love may not be. Or, what if Juliet was a prostitute and Romeo up to his eyeballs in opium?
1 year 7 months ago
acoltismypassport's avatar


Very, very unusual (yet excellent) movie. Nice music, too.
8 years 1 month ago
Drage3000's avatar


Good movie. I really liked it!
11 years 7 months ago
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2 years 1 month ago
MMDan's avatar


Streaming on Prime
5 years 2 months ago
monty's avatar


Nice song at the end.
13 years 4 months ago
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