ASIAN FILM - Video
16:32 - 30th September 2012, by David West

Chen Kaige is Caught In The Web

Chen Kaige is best known in the West for his period dramas Farewell My Concubine and Temptress Moon and the historical epic Sacrifice.

Now the Chinese director is turning his attention to the pitfalls of the modern world in Caught In The Web.

Lanqiu (Gao Yuanyuan) has just found out that she has cancer. Riding the bus in a state of shock, she refuses to give up her seat to an old man and rebukes the other passengers when they get involved.

The incident is recorded on a phone by a young reporter, Jiaqi (May Wang), and the video dubbed "the Sunglasses Girl scandal" goes viral.

When Lanqui tearfully asks her boss, Mr Chen (Wang Xueqi) for a loan to pay for an operation for the cancer, they are interrupted by his wife, Mo Xiaoyu (Chen Hong), who assumes the pair are lovers. And Lanqui's situation goes from bad to worse.

The film opens in Hong Kong on 22 November and is currently making the rounds of the international festival circuit.

Hopefully Chen's high profile will mean UK audiences will get a chance to see the movie.

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