Gong Li and Mark Chao in a still from Saturday Fiction (category to be confirmed), directed by Lou Ye. Photo: Ying Films

Venice 2019: Saturday Fiction film review – Gong Li in a Chinese Casablanca, Lou Ye’s evocative spy thriller

  • Black-and-white tale of spies, lovers, desperation and betrayal set in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai feels like a Chinese version of Casablanca
  • Gong Li excels as an actress back from Hong Kong to appear in a play; no one is who they seem in this densely plotted film that keeps you gripped to the end
Topic |   Chinese language cinema

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Gong Li and Mark Chao in a still from Saturday Fiction (category to be confirmed), directed by Lou Ye. Photo: Ying Films
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