The Garden of Evening Mists

2019

Drama / Romance

107
IMDb Rating 7 10 314

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John Hannah as Magnus Gemmell
Julian Sands as 1980s Frederik Gemmell
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1.03 GB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
120 min
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English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
120 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Kahuna-6 6 / 10 / 10

An ernest effort

This movie should be lauded for ambition. Tackling an issue like comfort women isn't going to be easy. Compound it with other heavy weights like loyalty, independence, then adding intrigues like the gold of Yamashita and trying to present them in a digestible package under 2 hours, the problem is obvious. The central love theme could not be developed convincingly. In a more assured hand like Ozu, the quiet scenes could have been really evocative. With some one like Kurosawa, the tension of the hanging, violence of rape or unstated pressure of recall etc would have been palpable. Instead it is presented rather without emotion. Even the pain of the tattoo just could not lift beyond the screen. But credit must be given to the producers and director for their attempt. Sufficient time has passed for the history of WW2 to be visited with an objective eye. Hope HBO would continue to put their resources into making such movies.

Reviewed by hou26-tw 3 / 10 / 10

Ambitious but too "theme-first"

In the first half of the film, the scars of World War II are mentioned by the scenes of hanging, rape, and blasting. The Cold War conflicts are also presented then. The history background is well expressed then. The sex scene of the women from the victimized country and the men from the aggressive country is very different from the films I've seen. It can be recorded in the film history. As a multi-language film, it is arranged harmoniously. I can understand why the director (from Taiwan) chose Cantonese among the Chinese dialects used by Malaysian Chinese, because the others (Minnan, Hakka) are very common in Taiwan. Sylvia Chang performed persuasively the roles from Taiwan, Hong Kong, mainland China or Southeast Asia. No other actors at the same age can surpass her. There are lot of advantages in the movie but the disadvantage are also significant. Nakamura, the male Protagonist, is more complicated than the Japanese army of "The Girl Who Played Go", "City of Life and Death" or "Mei Lanfang". Although it is known that the main axis of Japanese gardens is deliberately creating conflicts between the heroine and her lover, it is suspected that the Malaysian Chinese in the era could be so fascinated by Japanese gardening or tattoos? Before the war, the group donated to the invaded mother country actively (The Japanese invaded China in 1937 and Malaya was occupied by them in December 1941). Maybe they yearn Chinese Gardening more? (I thought of Chang Dai-chien who became an overseas Chinese after civil war, tried hard to build a garden in Brazil.). The beginning scenes of the tea farm on the mountains is amazing, but the place that tea trees grow must have a very humid climate. Thirty years later, the situation of papers and the wooden house must be terrible. Maybe above reasons bother me. Maybe the past scenes are too fragmented. I feel that this historical drama is too "theme-first". Instead of trying to piece contemporary imaginations together into reality, I prefer the film illusions built with many historical sources.

Reviewed by phd_travel 3 / 10 / 10

A few interesting moments but the romance is agonizingly boring

The interesting parts of this film are the war time Japanese atrocities in Malaysia and the communist insurgency against the British Colonials. The romance is heavy handed and agonizingly boring in parts. The only funny part is when she asks him Must you always talk like that? Direction isn't good because the story isn't clear. It's quite confusing and he ending isn't clear. The filming is quite beautiful though. The English subtitles are useful because the Japanese star Abe's English diction isn't easy to understand - sounds like Ken Watanabe.

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