|The Matrimony (2010)|
|Writers:||Zhang Jialu and Yang Qianling|
|Starring:||Leon Lai, Bingbing Fan and Rene Liu|
|The Plot: Junchu (Leon Lai) is a film composer reeling from the recent death of his former lover. After the initial grief phase has waned, his mother sets him up in a new marriage that is ultimately devoid of love because of his remaining grief. This new wife however won’t let Junchu simply mope around forever and she desperately wishes for the two to consummate their relationship. After some spooky moments in their new home, she is eventually visited by the ghost of Junchu’s former lover who promises to help the new wife as long as she can overtake her physical form in order to have a final fling with Junchu. When Junchu finally starts to warm up to his new wife though, his former lover’s ghost starts to feel rather jealous. Will she overtake the young lover’s body forever or will the young couple figure out a way to banish this unfriendly apparition?|
Unfortunately, despite the film producing a rather epic feel with its set pieces, it does manage to reduce some of that awe by its use of gloriously poor computer generated FX work. The opening sequence in particular will no doubt live in infamy for viewers, as it seems to take a page directly out of the Meet Joe Black playbook and shows a CG character being banged around by a car in the midst of traffic… but it is in no way, at any point, ever close to looking the tiniest bit realistic. Thankfully this pungent taste is washed away from our cinematic palette as the movie progresses and tends to show off its better attributes for the next several scenes. However, when the ghost starts popping up, there are still yet a few more moments of poor CGI. Regardless of this, the filmmakers manage to give the film a consistent touch of class. The wardrobes are always stylish and director Huatao does craft some rather glorious visual pieces here in this ode to classic genre fare.