A drone’s-eye-view recording leads the audience through Hong Kong’s dragon gates, a series of gaps in high-rises that allow dragons to fly from the mountains to the sea while a character relates their relationship with geomancy, remote-selves and therianthropy (the mythical ability to shift shapes).
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From Its Mouth Came a River of High End Residential AppliancesDirected byWangShui
A parcial structure of a subjectivity realocated into a movie, that itself is build as a meta-movie that shows a meta-reality. This mechanism still being a subjectivity-oriented reality, crystalized into a audiovisual way of expression. The content: a deep journey into some vectors that motions transformation of a subjectivity by the ethos of late capitalism and by all struggles and contradictions that constitues it.
A mythical-psycho geographical experience, one of the best I have ever had.
A study on, among many other subjects, collective and individual identity, politics, ontological and epistemological issues, cultural heritage, Man-Nature duality. It either resonates with you or it leaves you annoyed.
My advice is to watch it over and over again, until the Bell will not ring, the Dream will go on and you will get to the Sea.
Suggests more of what film could be--but isn't, at least yet--than any film I've
seen...well...ever. Its visual aspect is spectacularly thought-provoking, its
text--its marriage partner--reaches for a new world that is so near and yet
so far. And, Wang's heartfelt longing for that world fuels the film. An utter
expression of the boundaries of consciousness. Seen even only once, it is
The film is interesting because the buildings are interesting. As a person who identifies as Queer, I don't think that this qualifies as Queer Cinema. I found the narrator annoying and his description of "vintage Diane von Furstenberg silk pajama top" completely superfluous queer signaling, as though it would somehow give this slightly interesting exercise (or himself) more credibility.
The camerawork is superb. The tall building's exoskelotons/shells/suits kind of reminded of the music video and similar drone shots for Forest Swords' Crow. The Resnais/Duras-like voice over was dreadfully didactic and masturbatory.