青春期『Pubescence』(2011)

Rating:

So this was quite a racy looking Chinese film.  In fact, I had almost expected it to be a softcore porn.  It wasn’t; however, it does appear that more Chinese films may begin to move in that direction.  With a short running time of around 51 minutes, I had expected this to be more of an artistic piece.  Instead it was flashes of artsy-esque scenes combined with an attempt at Hollywood style film making.  It seemed like it wanted to give insight into a controversial subject, but instead it just showed the results of creepy geek trying to be a man: he doesn’t get the girl and he gets beat down.

Littered with semi-random scenes of sex under the covers, masturbation, and erections in the pants, this movie was a little more than I really wanted/expected from it.  These scenes were not aptly used and often reminded me of those used in a slapstick sexual comedy movie, so it only disrupted the whole mood and feel of this film.  So for nearly an hour, we follow a creeper geek as he demonstrates his appreciation for a pretty girl despite her smoking, class skipping, abortion, drinking, drug, hooligan, etc. problems.  And in the end, he even comes to rescue her from being raped by gangsters only to get beaten senseless.  Heroic and, I suppose, realistic, but the movie and the main character are uninspiring and the ending leaves you feeling like there was no proper conclusion.  Then again the beginning was just as abrupt and incoherent, so it was really like a movie without a beginning or an ending; just some random sexual tension and creepiness in the middle.

I guess Chinese film studios are still trying to find their way.  They’ve recently experienced accelerated growth in a good direction, but this is not an example of it.  The movie did however remind me of a classmate’s senior thesis on the sexual opening of China.  I guess this movie is a clear example of the opening, and is an example of kids in today’s Chinese society.  I just wonder where they lived, to find a tree swing by a river.  Those aren’t very common in China.

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