The Wasted Times

Chinese thriller from director Cheng Er (Lethal Hostage) starring You Ge (Let the Bullets Fly), Ziyi Zhang (The Grandmaster) and Gillian Chung (Ip Man: The Final Fight).

Trailers

Directed by

  • Er Cheng('Lethal Hostage', 'Unfinished Girl')

Written by

Thriller, World Cinema

122mins

Rating: R16 Violence, sexual violence & sex scenes

Mandarin, Shanghainese and Japanese with English subtitles

China

Village Voice (New York)

press

The majority of the characters murder or are murdered in short order, so finding someone to root for or a storyline to follow in this strangely empty Shanghai (even the train station looks abandoned) is difficult.

New York Times

press

...by employing a nonlinear structure, Cheng Er — who wrote, directed and edited this film — severely diffuses the story’s dramatic impact.