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3.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it, 23 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Spider Lilies (2007) Classic Chinese Lesbian Drama (Eng Subs) (DVD)
Spider Lilies is a difficult film to categorise as "lesbian" as for me there was just no connection emotionally or spiritually between the principal actors Isabella Leong and Rainie Yang. The film revolves around one woman who is an online "peek-a-boo" stripper for want of a better word who let's a little more show to those who pay. she is being stalked by a cop who is pretending to be a watcher so he can get enough evidence to trap her and jail her, watch the film alone just to see how this turned out. This actually comes across as very sad instead of seedy as the girl is searching for something emotional and really she is only doing what she does to make a little money but i won't go too far as it will spoil everything. The other woman is a tatoo artist with a gorgeous full length tattoo of a Yellow Spider Lily down her left arm and the online night worker wants this for herself so she goes to the Artist and recognises her as her lost love from some years ago and she wants to reignite the love between them. The film goes from present to past seamlessly as the young online girl remembers her past with this woman but that is enough for now

As there is no connection between the two women on the surface this film would appear very boring (This "may" be because of Chinese Laws banning many things meaning the actors can't do things on film we in the west would find acceptable) BUT as with nearly every significant film I have seen from Asia there is a multi-layered story here that you will need to watch a few times to "maybe" understand this. I want to tell you all something who are reading this to clarify that last statement. I am a straight male who has a very wide interest in many forms of cinema and lesbian cinema is one of those and NOT the porno stuff either but genuine films and even I as a man understood the loss and anguish and emotional emptiness and the sex worker felt at being rejected by the tattoo artist but stick with this as it is a rewarding film that at lest will inspire debate
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