Film Review: You Have to Kill Me (2021) by Chan Chun-hao

Taiwanese cinema has been producing a sequence of crime motion pictures recently, and fairly numerous for matter, as titles like “Godspeed” and the “Gatao” franchise spotlight. Chan Chun-hao makes an attempt his personal hand within the class, adapting Feng Shi’s novel, via an method, although, that lingers someplace between the pulp and the cleaning soap opera.

“You Should Kill Me” is screening at Asian Pop-up Cinema

Police officer Chou is about to suggest to his girlfriend, Chen, when he receives a murder case report and follows it to the mountains. He even manages to catch the perpetrator, Li, however to his shock, he finds out that the sufferer was truly Chen. Regardless of being devastated and overly violent, he manages to actual an interrogation from Li, who insists, nevertheless, that the woman truly requested him to kill. Moreover, it seems that Li is the son of a really highly effective man, Chairman Cheng-Wen Li, who shouldn’t be keen to let something occur to his son, whereas the true identification of the sufferer is quickly positioned beneath doubt. A devastated Chou continues to research towards all odds, together with his analysis stumbling upon one other homicide from years in the past, a coronary heart transplant, and a sequence of different secrets and techniques of everybody concerned, who’re revealed principally via flashbacks. All of the whereas, the one assist he receives is from his colleague, Wang.

The pulp/soapy component talked about within the prologue derives principally from the script, which is far-fetched on various ranges, ranging from the truth that virtually all protagonists of the film are ultimately revealed to have one thing to do with the case, and that the plot twists, significantly the one revealed ultimately, border on being tacky. The identical applies to the heart-transplant idea that has been performed to dying on American TV, and the one of many wealthy father attempting to avoid wasting his son from the clutches of the legislation. Add to that some melodrama about youngsters getting ready to dying, misplaced siblings, and an exploration of the idea of guilt that additionally serves to maneuver the story ahead, and you’ve got the gist of the story, which is full of twists that retain curiosity, but in addition with cliches.

Aside from the narrative, nevertheless, virtually each facet of the film is high notch, and significantly a sequence of particular person scenes. The girl chasing one other girl idea particularly is somewhat effectively shot and introduced, with the inevitable climax being probably the most impactful scene within the film. The identical applies to the psychological standing of Li, which deteriorates as time passes, in a superb efficiency by Snoopy Yu. Janel Tsai can be fairly convincing, in a multileveled function that basically carries the film from starting to finish. Cheng Jen-Shuo is on a decrease degree than his different roles, since his performing is somewhat extreme right here, however for probably the most half, he’s serviceable.

The aforementioned professionals profit probably the most by the wonderful cinematography, which supplies a noir sense to the entire film that matches its aesthetics fairly properly, and the enhancing, with the flashbacks being ideally positioned within the narrative and the somewhat quick, at all times moving-forward tempo becoming the general aesthetics to perfection.

As such, “You Should Kill Me” emerges as a kind of movies whose viewers will take pleasure in if they don’t overthink, since leisure is discovered right here aplenty.



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