Since I also got paid on Thursday, I bought myself another DVD, Jiaozi, directed by Fruit Chan, starring Bai Ling (possibly one of the weirdest people I've ever seen). It's actually written by Lillian Lee, who wrote the book Farewell My Concubine. Anyway, as a Chinese lit major it's sort of impossible for me not to read something into the film. But anyway, the whole plot is centers around this retired actress married to a rich straying man, who wants to regain her youth. To do so, she goes to Bai Ling who claims to be in her 60s but looks about 30. Bai Ling goes to China and picks up aborted babies and then makes dumplings with them. Anyway the whole film is about what transpires between these two women, as well as several other characters who are involved.
The movie also looks really good, but since Christopher Doyle is the cinematographer I'm not really surprised. I think Dumplings has come out in the US at least in international film festivals so if you can see it, check it out, I thought it was pretty good, and the Chinese nerd in me was happy when they made references to the Water Margin and dumplings made out of people. It fits in well with the whole Chinese people eating other people genre of modern Chinese lit.