Saturday, January 22, 2011
Look At Flower In Fog
Lately I've been watching Look At Flower In Fog on ICN. A Chinese drama, it takes place in modern China and it's all about the antique business. That alone is fascinating, the drama going into depth about all the fakery and fraud that goes on, like taking ancient jade and machine cutting it into a "rare" object or using laborious ancient techniques to manufacture exquisite pottery that are as good as the ones from famous eras. The plot itself is just as complex, no one knowing who's really who, who's conspiring with whom. But what really keeps me coming back is the excellence of the script, the directing and the acting. Every scene is filled with tension, even a simple breakfast scene where a father warns a daughter to eat slower. There was this one amazing scene: a man and a woman, co-workers, arguing in a corridor; she's in love with him; he's in trouble (a client has complained that he's conned her); the woman, in a fit of anger, declares that the client is a whore and she's going to slug her; for a moment, absolute silence as each absorbs the outburst; then the man smiles and says, "That's so nice of you." Absolutely wonderful.