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  • País: Taiwan
  • Tipo: Movie
  • Data de Lançamento: Nov 12, 2021
  • Duração: 1 hr. 54 min.
  • Pontuação: 7.4 (scored by 21 usuários)
  • Classificado: #54287
  • Popularidade: #99999
  • Classificação do Conteúdo: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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talk about surreal, OMG this was a trip & yet am confused. did any of what i saw happen? or this just Vita reading Jan Wen & Xu Axing's online web comic 🤷‍♀️ either way this Not(!) Horror (& this not the only pace it's tagged as such). get that anyone randomly shooting people is scary, even horrifying. but when u see a "Horror tag", it means something super nature, this psychological -

on a whole it was depressing & gloomy. the movie was separated into 3 acts.

the 1st half bored me out of my mind. Jan Wen walking around like a morbid, robotically depressed entity didn't arose my interest - heck i was bored out of my mind - zoning out, not even trying to bother & figure out WTH was going on, even though it was pretty straight forward so wasn't missing anything major (heck the 1st few sec already knew Xu Axing was infatuated with Jan Wen...) even before we find out he's gay.

the 2nd part was even more depressing, but at least wasn't bored - u got more of why Jan Wen walked around defeated (but for the life of me, i don't get how he goes from depressed bordering on total defeat / submission to despondency, to lets just randomly shoot people). isn't it more logical to shoot ones self & put an end to the suffering?!? u usually go shoot people cause u hate a group of people u think done u wrong - so this bit bothered me till the end.

the 3rd part was almost a rewind & re-figuration of the 2nd part - everything started off a bit different & Jan Wen chose a different path which is so much more optimistic & hope inducing until that bitter end (which makes u wonder; if someone is gonna have a bad end, is there a way to change that ultimate outcome or u doomed no matter what)...
*had to add, that i did feel sorry for Xu Axing who wasn't just infatuated but in-love with Jan Wen - after the lengths he was ready to go in the 2nd part. so even if he was ready to never admit this fact to his best-friend ever, it was all the more heartbreaking watching him long for something he would never have.

then come the after credits which left me "scratching my head" wondering WTF... so maybe i need to rewatch this a couple of time to get all the nuances / clues i missed the 1st time around. or need to understand Taiwanese let alone know more about the culture, but as this depressing & boring that wont be any day soon. ✌

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"Anyone could become Asura by chance" or "There but for the grace of god, go I"

This was a brilliant and profoundly deep movie experience for me. It blew my mind with how loaded it was. Watch past the closing credits as you get the final picture to the whole story. Before I go further TRIGGER WARNING – this movie does include scenes depicting mass shooting in a market place in the opening scenes and later on in the movie. There are also some suicidal themes.

Fascinating story ... I thoroughly enjoyed it ... it sent me on a deep dive into all sort of existential questions ... LOVED all of it and I was particularly taken with the black and white drawings ... the high contrast with the darks ... very emotive indeed. The movie has a "chaos theory" edge to it i.e. Edward Norton Lorenz's 'butterfly effect" - a tornado can be influenced by minor perturbations such as a distant butterfly flapping its wings several weeks earlier ... and so it is with this movie but in respect of people and the effect they and their actions have on other people's lives and actions. It was a truly fascinating watching this concept unfold ... very moving and deeply thought provoking ... it was very well done indeed.

I liked the different cinematography effects used, loved the use of symbolic imagery which was very powerful in the messages it conveyed ... sometimes a picture really does say a thousand worlds. The score was good and did not detract for the story. Nothing is superfluous in this story … everything links to everything else … even the robotic vacuum cleaner is pivotal.

The movie was partly inspired by three in depth articles about a random killing incident and an article on council estates. The screenwriters Lou Yi An and Singing Chen have truly crafted an amazing story around those articles. It is told in 3 chapters: Chapter 1 – Raging Zero; Chapter 2 – Goddamned Asura and Chapter 3 – Bridge to Hades.

Chapter 1 sets the scene for all that follows. It starts off with a mass shooting as seen through cell phone videos and then goes to a blank screen and then a series of beautiful and emotive black and white drawings over which the ML character Jan Wen says, “I dreamt that dream again. In that dream, all of humanity had disappeared except for me and Oreo.”

Oreo is a Border Collie dog that has been locked up in a small cage by its owner. Oreo's predicament is highly symbolic. Jan Wen does not have the words to describe his feelings but through videoing Oreo’s caged life he can, they are two different creatures but are living ‘parallel’ lives … in the mind of Jan Wen, all of humanity has disappeared except for himself and Oreo.

That Oreo is a Border Collie adds to the symbolism. Border Collies are highly intelligent dogs, probably the smartest dog breed out there. It was bred for an active outdoor life of herding and is a high energy dog of purpose and drive. Cage a dog like that ... limit where it can go ... limit what it can do ... it will go crazy, it will lose its sense of purpose and identity. Oreo has been in that small cage for such a long time. When it was set free it didn’t know what to do, it was reluctant to leave ... why? Because it had no idea what to do outside of the cage ... it had been disconnected too long from its instinctual behaviour and drivers. Oreo left only to be either caught again or go voluntarily went back to that horribly small cage.

Oreo’s situation is so similar to humans ... intelligent beings that need purpose ... cage them and they can go crazy ... limit what they can do ... where they can go ... and they can go crazy, lose their sense of purpose and identity. Set them free and most will either go back to the cage they came from or make a new cage to go into. Jan Wen is no different. Jan Wen wanted to escape from the cage his separated parents put him in and write stories with his friend Axing. When both of his parent wanted him to go overseas ... in one way an opportunity of freedom ... he doesn’t want to go and is desperate to stay. So creates his own cage by shooting people with an air pistol ... and is sent to another cage ... prison. His life parallels the life of Orea the border collie.

Everyone is in some kind of cage to one degree or another … be it physical, psychological or both. Individuals trapped by their families, trapped by location, trapped in addiction, trapped by poverty, trapped by violence, trapped by gaming and virtual worlds that give players a greater sense of control, a greater sense of value that they lack in real life. Even the robot vacuum cleaner is trapped … even it cannot do what it was made to do.

Chapter 2 - Goddamned Asura … the aftermath of the shooting. We see how all the characters are connected to each other and the effect their actions have on each other and how that fuels their future action. Powerful stuff … talk about degrees of separation.

Jan Wen is in prison but he doesn’t want to be imprisoned for life like a dog … he wants to die. His best mate Axing, who has an unrequited love for Jan Wen, is totally distraught with Jan Wen’s situation … he is deeply struggling to understand how this all came to be, he wants him out of prison. He thinks if he had of gone with Jan Wen then none of this would have happened. Axing’s “IF” is an “IF” that all the key players are thinking … if I had of … but Jan Wen tells Axing, “Don’t you know me? That day I just reached a critical point. I couldn’t take it anymore. I forgot how it started. However, I felt that it was the first time I gained control of myself … If I hadn’t done it [inadvertently killed Sheng] would things have been very different?” Such a profound questions ... that gets answered later on in the movie.

Everyone has a critical point … most don’t do what Jan Wen did, some do, most don’t as they numb themselves out before hand with alcohol, drugs, sex, games, bullying etc ... theirs is a kind of 'delayed' self destruction ... but even that has knock on effects to those around them. Jan Wen does not want this kind of delayed destruction, he just wants to die and Axing takes extreme measures to help him and to help himself understand Jan Wen.

Chapter 3 Bridge to Hades. WOW … just the smallest of things … the flutter of butterfly wings … can literally change a person’s life … this chapter is like a kind of “Ground Hog Day” … we go back in time to when Jan Wen, packing his pistol, walks down the stairs to go to the market place. One his way down the stairs he sees the robot vacuum cleaner … it was stuck before but it now manages to get itself unstuck and starts to vacuum up new places. At the same time, different place, Lin Lin’s drunken mother gets a pain in her ear and doesn’t throw the bottle at Lin Lin. These two changes in the lives of Jan Wen and Lin Lin have a domino effect on everything else causing a surprising change of events.

Sheng got to send the message to his girlfriend who came to see him in the marketplace … ironically their conversation ended with her hoping he got carved up by a nutter.

Jan Wen posts about Oreo who cannot escape from the cage, how he is 18 and fed up and that something needs to be done … and who comes walking by … Oreo. Jan Wen then sees “Zero” aka Lin Lin walking on the other side of the street … he calls out to her and she comes over and the reminisce about their days back in school.

After talking with Jan Wen, Lin Lin catches up with the reporter Mold and talks about the rage she feels about her poverty stricken life. Mold mentions his mother who was beaten up by her husband and died in jail. She had reached her critical point and nearly killed her husband … did the father go to prison for his constant assault on his mother … idk .. probably not. In just a few minutes of conversation the utter unfairness of life is laid out bare. Mold says that anyone could become Asura by chance … and so it was.

At the end of the day instead of ending up in prison, Jan Wen ends up in Axing’s tent … a changed man. He had made up his mind to be himself, not to go abroad, not to depend on his father, and retake the exam again so he can go to the same college as Axing … he might fail again but he will give it a go… a whole load of options Jan Wen couldn’t even conceive of under the previous circumstances of chapter 1 and 2.

Talk about the insane effect the vagaries of life can have. The smallest of changes - a robot vacuum cleaner getting unstuck … a bottle not thrown - can make such a significant difference … but it is not necessarily all for the good … sometimes it is enough to prevent a person from reaching their critical point … but for others it tips them over the edge.

For example, Lin Lin says to Jan Wen, “since you showed up, a lot of shitty things in my life have seemed to disappeared. So I want to thank you. You’re my angel”.

As for Axing … well his angel was Jan Wen whom he loved (unrequittingly) … after hearing Jan Wen and Lin Lin have sex and their post sex conversation … he sees his critical point so he goes off with the gun. He gets busted for shooting female mannequins through shop windows … Jan Wen gets busted because it is his gun; Lin Lin gets killed by Shining because she won’t give him back his money and Mold gets a flogging for the articles he posted. My god what a turn around … doesn’t matter what you do there is suffering one way or another. I am not a fan of any religion but I have to say Jesus Christ saying “the rain falls on the just and unjust” … and the Buddha saying “all life is suffering” comes to mind.

Is that the end … no … because it was all part of Raging Zero comic which Axing finally finished 🤣 … BUT I am sure that this all went down in some other parallel universe.

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  • Movie: Goddamned Asura
  • País: Taiwan
  • Data de Lançamento: Nov 12, 2021
  • Duração: 1 hr. 54 min.
  • Classificação do Conteúdo: 13+ - 13 anos ou mais

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  • Pontuação: 7.4 (avaliado por 21 usuários)
  • Classificado: #54287
  • Popularidade: #99999
  • Fãs: 72

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