Dumplings


Artykuł pochodzi z pisma "Guardian"


Peter Bradshaw
Friday June 16, 2006
The Guardian

Hong Kong director Fruit Chan has had a chequered career. After a superb 1997 debut, Made in Hong Kong, his movies have been a series of damp squibs and freaky misfires. But this one is really rather brilliant: a gruesomely macabre tale, which is also a satire of sexual politics - gripping, weirdly elegant, replete with eroticised revulsion.
Qing (Miriam Yeung) is a former actor in Hong Kong, childless, desperately afraid of ageing and scared that her rich husband (Tony Leung Ka Fai) is chasing after younger women. She visits a local woman called Mei (Bai Ling), whose homemade dumplings are rumoured to create eternal youth. And so they do. One bite, and Qing is electrified. Her youth and vitality return. So does her husband. But it is only when Qing realises what the dumplings are made of that she discovers what a Faustian bargain she has made. It is an exquisitely horrible story, perhaps the sort of thing Roald Dahl would have written if he ever fancied turning his hand to extreme Asian horror cinema. But it is also a sly, subversive commentary on the relationship between authoritarian mainland China and zappy, consumerised Hong Kong.

bargain- interes
chase after- uganiać się za
chequered- zmienny, burzliwy
damp- wilgotny, zawilgocony
dumpling- kluska, pieróg
exquisitely- kunsztownie; dotkliwie
freaky- niesamowity, trochę straszny
gripping- ostry, dźgający
gruesomely- makabrycznie
macabre- makabryczny
misfire- niewypał
replete with- pełen, nasycony
revulsion- odraza
rumour- plotka; sth is rumoured to be (good)- wieść niesie, że coś jest (dobre)
sly- szczwany, przebiegły
squib- niewypał (petardy)
subversive- wywrotowy
superb- znakomity, pierwszorzędny
weirdly- dziwacznie
zappy- żywy, pełen energii, żwawy


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