OFFICE (華麗上班族 )
Directed by: Johnnie To (杜琪峯) from Hong Kong
Starring: Sylvia Chang, Chow Yun Fat, Wang Zi-yi and Lang Yue-ting
China-Hong Kong co-production, 2015, 117 min, Cantonese/Mandarin/English w/English & Chinese subtitles, DCP
Film Source: China Lion Film Distribution
Sunday, February 28, 2:00 PM, at The Wilmette Theatre
A musical set in the wake of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, OFFICE jumps to the rhythms of the stock market, its vertiginous ups and downs, its soaring promises and crushing defeats as it follows the interpersonal relationships of several employees working for a Chinese corporation – the amusingly named Jones & Sunn.
Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To, who was famous for his stylish thrillers like PTU and TRIAD ELECTION presented here “his peerless technique, eye for beauty and grasp of darkness flow as fluidly as his prowling cameras” continues in later years to show his versatility with a comedy filled with a lot of singing and featuring even a little dancing.
Check out the rave reviews that came with the film’s initial U.S. release at end of last year here.