Movie Details

The Wasted Times

Set in war-torn 1930s Shanghai, Mr. Lu is ambushed during a meeting with the Japanese army but is saved by Watabe, his brother-in-law, who sacrifices his life to save him. Mr. Lu`s family, however, ends up getting killed by the Japanese. After years have passed and the Sino-Japanese war draws to a close, Mr. Lu visits Mrs. Wang, the abandoned wife of his former boss. She tells him that Watabe is not dead and is actually a Japanese spy who is responsible for the deaths of his family members. Mr. Lu now searches for Watabe to make him pay for his sins.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: English / Chinese
Classification: M18
Release Date: 5 Jan 2017
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 2 Hours 3 Minutes
Distributor: Shaw Organisation
Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Ge You, Tadanobu Asano
Director: Cheng Er
Format: 2D

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Writer: Cinnamon Lion

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Watch this if you liked: “Lethal Hostage”

The Good, the Bad and the Dubious Alliance:

• A film set against the backdrop of the second Sino-Japanese War, featuring Asia's most accomplished stars and a plot laced with sex and violence, but the film fails to impress due to its confusing and poorly-paced story.

• One of the reasons why the film is hard to follow is because the story spans more than a decade, roughly thirteen years or so in total, having a lot of flashbacks as it jumps back and forth.

• Even though the drama fails to engage, the colours, texture, and visual style make up for a lot, especially the realistic setting of pre-war Shanghai complete with Art Deco apartments, marble palaces, sleek limousines and expensive wardrobes.

Cinema Online, 06 January 2017
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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