Re Xue He Chang Tuan (2020)

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Re Xue He Chang Tuan: Directed by Adrian Kwan. With Andy Lau, Lowell Lo, Mark Lui, Jingwen E.. Yan Zilang is an internationally acclaimed conductor working in the United States. After his former teacher inherits a group of problem students, Zilang returns to Hong Kong to assist with training them. Although it won’t be an easy task, Zilang is prepared to do everything he can to help the kids find their voices.

“Andy Lau has played all sorts of characters throughout his career. So why not an orchestra conductor? Heu0026#39;s supposed to be an inspiring teacher, anyway, leaving his position and global recognition in the U.S. to return to Hong Kong to whip a local choir into shape.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eHe starts by getting them to wash the classroom. They have to cross the athletic field with their legs tied together to strengthen the sense of unity. And so on. The boys and girls in the choir are mostly teenagers conveniently given single personality traits (the autist, the rich kid, the worthless bum, etc.) to make us see their development in vignettes progressing through the movie.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIn short, Lau does what Mr. Miyagi did to teach the Karate Kid. Or what Robin Williams did in u0026quot;Dead Poets Societyu0026quot;. Or Richard Dreyfuss in u0026quot;Mr. Hollandu0026#39;s Opusu0026quot;. All these films are manipulative in their own way, but his one oversells it, at times feeling disturbingly artificial. It sounds as if the actors get their lines directly from Xi Jinping and the rest of the party. (It didnu0026#39;t help that I saw the Mandarin version, where people always sound as if theyu0026#39;re reading from the phone directory anyway.)u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe director, Adrian Kwan, made u0026quot;Little Big Masteru0026quot; (2015) about teachers trying to save a kindergarten from bankruptcy. This is essentially the same movie with a choir instead. Kwanu0026#39;s first exercise in melodrama had real emotional impact, however, while this one is nothing but sugary sweet and far removed from the realities of life.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAndy Lau might inspire some attention with his star qualities as a formal and educated conductor. But thatu0026#39;s all.”


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