The Rooftop (Sold Out)
Presented by New York Asian Film Festival
in association with Asia Society
North American Premiere
Dir. Jay Chou. 2013. Taiwan. 120 min.
In Mandarin with English subtitles.
Starring: Jay Chou, Wang Xueqi, Eric Tsang, Alan Ko
Best known in the West for co-starring with Seth Rogen in Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet (2011), Jay Chou is famous in Asia for being a pop singer who has sold more than 30 million albums across the region and won over 350 awards for his works. Now he is a rising star in the movie business too. The Rooftop is an all-singing, all-dancing, musical martial arts movie with technicolored production numbers and massive kung fu fight scenes. Put on your goggles, folks. This one’s an eyeball exploder! Shot in Taiwan, Beijing, and Shanghai, The Rooftop is a romance/action/musical extravaganza starring Chou himself, Eric Tsang (Ip Man: the Final Fight), Wang Xueqi (Reign of Assassins, Bodyguards & Assassins, Iron Man 3), and Alan Ko (Din Tao: Leader of the Parade).
Set in a brightly-colored, super-stylized fantasy world, it tells the story about two contrasting communities: the rooftop-dwelling happy poor versus the sad rich folks living down below. With a 50’s fabulous production design featuring switchblade knives, greaser pompadours, glitzy bowling alleys, and night markets, the film also presents dancing chorus of wheelchair-bound men and their nurses, giant gangster rumbles, and lavish production numbers. This is the kind of flick that brings together Enter the Dragon and West Side Story and turns them into a glittering confection of candy-colored pop power.