Green Tea

Synopsis: Wu Fang (Zhao Wei) is a graduate student trying to obtain her Master in Comparative Literature. But it seems she tries harder to obtain a husband. Wu Fang goes on numerous blind dates, and Chen Ming Liang (Jiang Wen) is especially interested in her. He spends time following her and she returns his efforts with stories about her friend. One night, Ming Liang sees Fang playing the piano, dressing elegantly instead of the usual business suits. But this lady introduces herself as Lang and denies knowing who Fang is. It then becomes Ming Liang’s main objective to find out the identity or identities of Wu Fang and Lang Lang. That objective becomes the audience’s as well, and the movie never reveals the truth…

Vicki’s acting: Breathtaking! Stunning! WOW!!! Of all the Vicki’s movies I’ve seen, she is most beautiful in this one, and most mature in her acting. In thick glasses and conservative clothing, she can still look mysteriously mesmerizing. In an elegant dress playing on the piano, she looks alluring and absolutely astounding. But “Green Tea” is not all about her beauty. It’s about her skills no less. There’s hardly any action, just abundant dialogues. Yet, through her words and gestures, Vicki was able to convey the strikingly different personalities between Wu Fang and Lang Lang. The camera loves to zoom in her face, covering the wide screen, and her every facial movements could be analyzed. But even under careful speculation, I find but tiny flaws in her acting. For once, I can truly say that Vicki is an actress, one who needs not words to express herself. One who works independently from the plot. One who emerges as the plot herself. Brilliant!

Lasting impression: Vicki. 😛 On a more serious note, I do find the plot quite simple yet confusing. Since the beginning, I have guessed that Wu Fang’s friend was actually herself. And later on, Lang seems to match this friend’s descriptions perfectly. So who’s who? I have arrived to one conclusion: Lang Lang is Wu Fang’s second personality. Yes, I do believe Wu Fang has multiple personalities. Usually, this mental disorder derives from an abusive childhood. And the “friend’s” childhood is much more than just abusive. Despite this conclusion, I’m still troubled. Why “Green Tea”? The “friend” can tell fortune from reading the tea leaves. But is that the only connection to the title?

Rating: 4/5 (I strongly recommend this!)

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3 thoughts on “Green Tea

  1. Jaisy says:

    Lolz. And I just finished watching “Green Teaâ€? for the third time this morning. 😛 I totally agree that Vicki’s acting is absolutely mesmerizing. 🙂 Indeed, in such a short intrigue, she DID become the plot. This movie reminds me of a similarly abstract movie I saw once starring Maggie Cheung – unfortunately, the title is eluding me at the moment. 🙂

    But I have as much confusion about the plot as you do. Of course, it makes sense that Wu Fang is ALSO Lang Lang- but I still quite haven’t fathomed the connection. If Wu Fang suffers from split personalities, she does not seem as confused as one who normally would. For example, she was quite clear that she did not have the time to spend with Ming Liang one evening, because she was working – as Lang Lang. And she indeed kept telling stories about this ‘Lang Lang’, from a friend’s point of view. Could it be possible that she has knowingly GIVEN herself two sides? But… :S Lolz. I suppose it’s something to ponder on rainy days. 😛

    As for the title “Green Tea” – I assume there is more meaning to the title, then just the fortune telling. The synopsis on the back of my DVD – as well as Vicki herself at the beginning of the movie – states that every time she goes on a blind date, she would order a glass of green tea. She believe what her ‘friend’ Lang Lang had once told her – that “from a glass of tea, can be predicted a person’s love story”. Also, the synopsis mentions that if the world between the Wu Fang and Ming Liang was like a glass of green tea, then Ming Liang and Wu Fang would be the tea leaves at the bottom of the glass, while Lang Lang would be the water that stirs the leaves. 🙂 Do excuse my horrible translations. Lolz.

  2. TkN says:

    Ahh… I do begin to fathom the title more! Indeed, a good thought for rainy days. 🙂 BTW, I’ve found one more evidence to support our theory of Wu Fang and Lang Lang being one person: they both are strongly against men hitting women. Recall? 🙂

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