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Review: Chen Kaige’s Internet Drama ‘Caught In The Web’

Review: Chen Kaige's Internet Drama 'Caught In The Web'

There have been scads of books and movies and essays written about truly knowing and understanding people in the modern world, walking a mile in their shoes, etc. Chen Kaige, the critically acclaimed director of “Farewell My Concubine,” weighs in on this topic in the gaudy melodrama “Caught In The Web” as such: you can’t really know anyone in the modern world. More specifically, you can’t know Ye (Yuanyuan Gao), an office worker who receives news that is beyond unfortunate from her doctor: she has thirty days to live before succumbing to cancer.

What Ye does next is either understandable, contrived or maddening, depending on whom you ask. While riding the bus, she refuses to give up her seat to an elderly man. When he asks to set himself down, lost in her thoughts, she rudely rebuffs him. As an American, the cultural exchange seems a bit unusual: this happens on our trains every day. In fact, the rules of etiquette seem like blurred lines: the man is, after all, capable of carrying himself, and it’s customary for men to allow women their seat. Furthermore, anyone else on that bus could have offered their seat to the man as well. What’s captured is the woman’s sarcasm, mixed with the fact that she doesn’t even look in his direction, hiding underneath a pair of sunglasses.

A video of the event is taken by Yang (Luodan Wang), a young wannabe reporter who sees this viral video as her big break. Unfortunately, the credit goes to her flatmate, and the girlfriend of her cousin, Chen (Chen Yao), who gets the footage on air and turns “Sunglasses Girl” into a national menace. Blogs and news sources immediately turn their attentions towards this woman, savaging her in the predictable ways, with anonymous messages, blogs, and inevitably hyper-reactive death threats and slander. Soon, her identity is revealed, and she becomes a social pariah: Kaige’s shots of her staying home in her bathrobe, constantly refreshing web pages to find new vitriol, depict her as if she were a monster locked away in a dungeon.

“Caught In The Web” grows slack as its premise evolves, which is unfortunate because it’s easy to see the conflict ripe in her corporate culture. A clumsy moment with her boss is seen by his wife, and within days the media is reporting on her status as a “homewrecker.” The executive has a few uncomfortable moments regarding this confusion, but ultimately he dismisses Ye. That callousness has teeth: the subplot involving the tension between himself and his wife, does not.

Eventually, it’s not even clear if this film is about Ye or not. A multi-strand narrative works for something like this, even though it sinks dopier, similar stories like this year’s “Disconnect.” But Ye is a mask of a personality: when she recruits Yang’s cousin Shoucheng (Mark Chao) to assist her in her final days, it isn’t clear as to whether it’s a doomed romantic setup, a friendly reach for assistance or a desperate cry for help. He’s mostly occupied with the drama in his apartment, as Yang and Chen war over who has the rights to the video, the story and ultimately the perception of Ye in the media.

Chao himself is a handsome presence, and you’d like to know more about Shoucheng’s story. In one moment, his anger over losing his phone becomes a matter of reputation: the inappropriate pictures located therein could shame the women depicted; but not him, of course. When he unleashes a flurry of violence upon finding who stole the phone, it’s seen as a just act, one that suggests overt masculinity as acceptable, even when people are hurt, while red-flagging Ye’s conditional “rudeness.” That itself would have been an interesting direction to pursue, but, given the film’s glossy sheen, Kaige is interested in a more populist “I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil” message. [C]

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PRADIP BISWAS, JURY MEMBER IFFI,GOA

CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

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CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

XXXXXXXXXXXX

CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

XXXXXXXXXXXX

CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

XXXXXXXXXXXX

CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

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CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

XXXXXXXXXXXX

CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

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CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

XXXXXXXXXXXX

CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

XXXXXXXXXXXX

CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

XXXXXXXXXXXX

CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

XXXXXXXXXXXX

CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

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CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

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CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

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CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

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CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

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CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

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CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

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CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

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CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

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CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

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PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

CHAIN KAIGE LOSES GRIP ON CAUGHT IN THE WEB

BY PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, GOA
AND FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIFF, SWISS

CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS

Chani Kaige, one time China’s no one director, seems to have lost his cinematic hold on hi new film, called CAUGHT ON THE WEB. It is unthinkable a director so strong in image creation has gone flat in the new film that all through fumbles and falters.

Here is a plot though. The film deals with modern day China where a young woman becomes trapped in slim controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes frenetic. To spin this light-weight motif Kaige takes huge liberty to pack his film with all sorts of melodramatic refrains, making it to the point of cerebral boredom. We are not told why he has to go viral and wild to pan modern media world nastily. The process of running with his film somewhat makes us cheesed off as it often misses the focal point.

For the first time I notice Kaige sinking into non-eventful social issue that does not need a such a long space to say his thumb-line. It is miles way from his work Farewell to My Concubine, which is also very controversial and sadistic. It is Kaige’s notional practice to make his films in a manner he remains too critical of moder China. Why it is so has never been explained. That he has mellowed down enough now lies in the fact that his current film CAUGHT IN THE WEB pokes fun at slightest push. His tension to provoke laughter to regale his audience has not gone well with his home audience nor with the international film-buffs.

Probably his 121 minute duration of film mars a lot of space not tuned to his purpose. Kaige should not take his audience for a ride all the time he like to do. CAUGHT IN THE WEB is a film that says so much but suggests nothing. I am sure his senility is likely to trigger off half insanity. Otherwise, he could not have made a film after a long gap to fill in the hiatus. If CAUGHT IN THE WEB were not really made, China would not have lost anything that is worthwhile. Because, the moment Kaige seems to have lost poignancy and touch of good humour, he looks a half-baked artist unable to create any impact through his film. The point is: has he gone passé!!!! We need to ponder with a touch of seriousness. Says Kaige: "I’m ok, you’re ok, technology is the devil" message.”

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