Zhou Yu's Train is like a dull train ride. The movie's star (Gong Li)--torn between a long-distance brooding poet and a boorish but local veterinarian--rides the rails between the two, never making any real decisions. Okay, that's not being very generous to Zhou Sun's film about love's inadequacies in the modern world. But this is one laborious journey, unless you're interested in modern China at its most banal.
The movie makes the comely Li an unglamorous factory worker. Tony Leung Ka Fai's poems seem to just celebrate lakes that don't even exist, and animal fixer Honglei Sun is graceless and overbearing. Director and cowriter Zhou Sun clearly has a point somewhere, but, boy, it's a doozy getting there.
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