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Paradise in Service taiwanese movie review
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Paradise in Service
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by Senpai
Jun 10, 2017
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Overall 7.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
From the commercial point of view, it makes perfect sense to launch it as a recruited army from southern Taiwan that is selected shortly after arriving in Kinmen to join the elite Sea Dragons amphibious force by a hard-working sergeant major. Unfortunately, our protagonist can not swim and is promptly transferred to the infamous unit "831", also known as "Paradisein Service". There, the soldiers are served by comfort women and our leader works on the administrative side of things, never touching the girls. But how long will this last? "Paradise in Service" offers decent performance. Approach friendship and love. A little poetic because it makes us feel like the protagonists struggle with their own demons and the conflicts of interest that face them. As an example, Pao questions his own promise of celibacy and the promise to his country. But the character who pulls our feelings in the movie nominated for the Golden Horse is Chen Jian Bin's sergeant major. His astonishing interpretation as an illiterate northerner who is struggling to learn the dialect of Taiwan is almost shocking, as the fierce character often intimidates the soldiers with their hard front. It is his story that highlights the true tragedy of the script. A man who is forced to fight the country he once called home is parked on an island where he feels like a stranger, forced to fight against people whose accent seems more familiar, he finds a personal war. Displaced, disillusioned by propaganda, demonized by destruction and a pending tragedy with a prostitute, Chen's wonderful performance embodies Taiwan's struggle. The film has bruised ribbons in the previous Niu gangster photo, Monga, but the one hundred and thirty-four minute film is anchored by a great deal of melodrama. Men desperately declare love and marriage, while others vie to have all women available. Larger than life characters on both sides create moody moments to catch your eye. More effort could have been put into supporting characters, including an eye-catcher (Wang Po Chieh) subject to bullying by his fellow soldiers, a prostitute (Regina Wan Qian), who is selling his body to reduce Prison and a seductive Woman (Iven Chen) who dreams of a better future seducing men with empty promises. Generally speaking, technically polished, the film is a joy to the eyes. He benefits from the handsome role of cinematographer Charlie Lam and author Hou Hsiao-hsien who takes on the role of editing director and co-producer. In the end you will know how a war can affect life in many different ways.
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