Production compaines: Long Shong Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5
Director: Jianxin Huang
Producer: Ying-Hsiang Wang
Screenwriter: Zhengguang Yang
How can you not dig this story? Told in the traditional Chinese way, with long takes, expansive long shots, pokey storytelling, and an attention to establishing mood, The Wooden Man's Bride is right at home among contemporaries like Farewell My Concubine. Unfortunately though, Bride is clearly the product of a much lower budget, as it's saddled by some iffy production values: Characters are hard to tell apart because their faces are often in shadow, the sound doesn't sync to the action (breaking bowls, explosions, and the like) by up to a second. The kung fu-style humor this creates is uninentional and out of place. Followinng the oddities of Chinese marriage rituals is interesting, but equally inexplicable (what's with the chicken?).
Far from a rollicking good time, Bride makes up for its glacial pace and production flaws with a truly unique story worthy of your attention. Give it a whirl.
Aka Wu kui.