(aka "Bu jian" or "The Missing")
directed by Kang-sheng Lee
Theatrical Release: 4 October 2003 (Pusan International Film Festival) (premiere) - South Korea
DVD Review: Catalyst Logic - Region 0 - NTSC
(2 DVD Boxset with Goodbye Dragon Inn)
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|Distribution||Catalyst Logic - Region 0 - NTSC|
Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 9.48 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||Mandarin (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)|
|Subtitles||English, Chinese, None|
* 3 page double-sided foldout booklet in Chinese
* (Note that the extras appear to be identical to
the extras included with "Goodbye, Dragon Inn."
None of the extras are subtitled.)
The picture is in general
good, but as with "Goodbye, Dragon Inn"
it is a little bit soft. Also, there seems to be some motion artifacts
from the compression during some parts of the film (fortunately the
artifacts are not too distracting). The outside edge of the picture is
somewhat bright, perhaps caused by edge sharpening. Also, the image
appears to be off center to the left a small amount, but less so than
"Goodbye, Dragon Inn." The picture might be cropped a bit on one or both
sides, but I can't tell for certain.
The subtitles are fine, except that the lyrics to the song at the end of the film are not translated (if you'd really like to know what the singer is singing they are located HERE). There is also one short segment of the film where typing on a computer screen is displayed and the subtitles are not displayed quite long enough. I did not notice any problems with the audio; in particular, the problem with the left channel dropout that marred "Goodbye, Dragon Inn" is not present.
This is a very impressive debut film for actor turned director Lee Kang-sheng. The style and content appear to be heavily influenced by Tsai Ming-liang, so anyone who likes Tsai's films should like this film as well.
Recommended Reading in Chinese/Hong Kong/Taiwanese Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)
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Zhang Yimou: Interviews (Conversations With
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Chinese Films in Focus: 25 New Takes
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Wong Kar-Wai: Auteur of Time (Bfi World Directors)
by Stephen Teo
China into Film: Frames of Reference in Contemporary
Chinese Cinema (Envisioning Asia)
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New Chinese Cinemas
by Nick Browne
Once Upon a Time in China : A Guide to Hong Kong,
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by Jeff Yang
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