Damn, no second time love
Spider Lilies (Taiwan, 2007) â€“ 3/5
This is sad. I saw Spider Lilies on big screen last year and loved it. But unfortunately second viewing, this time from dvd, couldnâ€™t re-create that feeling. Itâ€™s partly because television set doesnâ€™t come even close to doing justice to this filmâ€™s visuals, but also because I made a misjudgement with the film. I still love the use of color, tattoo, webcam and terrific theme music, but the film is just too conventional and the flashbacks are once again out of place. Rainie Yangâ€™s character is interesting but the girl isnâ€™t much of an actor. Isabella Leong isnâ€™t especially good (although good looking) but not downright terrible either. The director doesnâ€™t get close enough to the characters… although my memories from the last time were claiming so. I really wanted to love this film, enough to split the viewing over two nights, just to make sure it wasnâ€™t anything temporary with my mood that was distracting me from the film, but no. Itâ€™s a very good popcorn drama, a lesbian love story in fact - that should earn the film a few more viewers - but itâ€™s not great. Maybe next time.
The HK dvd isnâ€™t too bad. Why the transfer isn’t progressive I don’t know but I’m not killing anyone over that. The colours look quite good the image is sharp enough without noticable edge enchancement. Thereâ€™s a bit a grain that I donâ€™t recall being present on the theatrical print, though. The subtitles are the same, meaning thereâ€™s some typos and grammar mistakes but nothing too distracting. They get the job done. Extras look okay (2 dicer) but I havenâ€™t bothered to take a closer look.