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Mei li de xi yi ji (The Beautiful Washing Machine)

Posted by martinteller on August 17, 2008

Every now and then I’ll find a movie on the library shelf that I’ve never heard of, but looks promising.  This has led to a few major duds, but also quite a few of my favorite discoveries.  Like this one, which caught my eye with its intriguing title, and because it was released by Facets… they make shitty DVDs (this one is non-anamorphic) but they’ve got some great films in their stable.  I’m amazed at the criminally low score this has on iMDB, I guess it just hasn’t found the right audience.  It’s a funny, disturbing, unique and fascinating story about a laundry machine that suddenly produces a silent, subservient woman.  James Lee combines the patience and isolationism of Tsai (who Lee admits was a major influence), the maverick narrative sensibilities of Weerasethakul, and the gender politics of Bunuel.  The camera style (shot on digital video) is simple, but services the storytelling well.  I’m very anxious to check out more by Lee, as well as more from the “Malaysian New Wave”.  Unfortunately, that’s not going to be easy to do.  Rating: 9


One Response to “Mei li de xi yi ji (The Beautiful Washing Machine)”

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