This is all as unengaging as it is overblown, but Doyle appeals to the senses with tricks and compositions that might have been pulled from a magician's trunk, letting a shot slip out of focus or into dreamy slow- motion as if by accident. His visuals provide a suitable look for a film whose characters frequently surrender to the pleasures of opium.Reuse content
The cinematographer Christopher Doyle is best known for demolishing stylistic conventions at a rate of one per minute through his work for the director Wong Kar-Wai (Fallen Angels was their most innovative collaboration). Without the extraordinary images he contributes to Temptress Moon, I think the film would fall to pieces. Chen Kaige, the director of Farewell My Concubine, busies himself with a soap-opera plot - a gigolo-cum-gangster (Leslie Cheung) returns to the family estate that was the background to his dreadful childhood, with instructions to bring it to its knees.