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on 10 July 2009
This movie is very strange indeed. In fact I would describe it as enigmatic if I could spell the word, for that is precisely what it is, especially in this, the director's final authorised cut. A warrior living on the edge of a desert, a camel, a basket of eggs, a strange and beautiful woman who wants someone killed, and a bloke played by Tony Leung who won't die. These apparently disparate elements are woven into an epic film whose meaning becomes less and less clear as the story progresses.
Set against these difficulties however are (1) the extraordinary and beautiful cinematography of the incomparable Christopher Doyle and (2) the extended soliloquy on the transience of human life by Maggie Cheung in the movie's second half. These elements alone make the film unmissable. Wong Kar-Wai is a filmmaker of genius and anything by him is worth seeing. Here he is being (deliberately?) obscure but the film is good even given its difficulties.