This latest film from acclaimed director Ann Hui (July Rhapsody, Visible Secret) was selected as the opening film of the 2004 HK International Film Festival. Adapted from a bestselling pulp-romance from China, Goddess Of Mercy is the story of policewoman Anxin (Vicki Zhao from The Duel and Shaolin Soccer) and her intricate love lives with three men - her devoted fiancé, a drug trafficker, and the young and mesmerizing Mao Jie (Nicholas Tse from A Man Called Hero and My Schoolmate The Barbarian)..
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It is not one of the best Ann Hui films. The story's beginning seems very confusing and it seemed kind of weird that the male character (not the criminal one) would fall for Zhao Wei (赵薇)'s character. Other than that, it not an eye catching film, but definitely keeps the viewer interested.
Zhao Wei (赵薇)'s performance was tremendous. I think this was her second best performance in "a movie" other than Hua Mulan (花木兰).
Goddess of Mercy dir. Ann Hui, 2003
Searing love story as well as cop drama 5*
My reaction after one viewing of this film is diametrically opposite that of the other reviewer (Phillip Royer). Though not told in a straight linear fashion, I found the the story line easy enough to follow, and thought it was told well and the choice of flashback narrative appropriate. As to its not "looking nice," well not all films are meant to be pretty; the cinematography seemed appropriate to the theme. [ETA: on a second viewing, the film is actually quite visually attractive, the local color of scenery and indigenous cultures both "pretty" and grittily realistic. I don't know what the other viewer's kvetch was here.] If the hand to hand and gun battle scenes (and recall one of those is a training exercise) are not documentary realistic, well, this isn't a martial arts film. If he finds the scene where she fights off the thugs while holding her infant "disgusting",...
Not the worst movie I've seen, but easily one of the most poorly constructed. There *is* an intriguing story buried beneath everything but you have to keep reminding yourself what it is while you wonder why it's not being told very well. It's not a nice looking film either. Zhao Wei has never looked more lost and out of place. The scenes of her fighting off armed criminals while holding her baby in one hand would have been funny if they weren't so disgusting. The fact that it looked completely phony doesn't redeem anything. The scenes of warfare-like gun play that are just plopped in from time to time look like they were lifted from a middle-schooler's Super 8 film project.
I knew in the first fifteen minutes this thing was a mess but I kept the faith, and while it hinted at getting on track from time to time it just kept failing. Someone brought a bucket full of story-boarded scenes to the party but neglected to introduce them to Mr. Story.
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