freedomofnet : With Memento style film structure, Pulp Fiction style story telling, and Snatch style plot and action, the first Chinese dark comedy, The Crazy Stone sets a milestone for Chinese films. The film title says all. It is a crazily hilarious film about three groups of people trying to steal a piece of emerald. The language is in Chinese local dialect from Sichuan. Even you don’t understand the dialect, Chinese subtitle is available. All performers did a great job in their roles. The story is simple but very close to nowadays people’s life, which brings proximity to different audiences. The film is currently a big hit in China, outruns all other foreign films. If you like to have a good laugh, or to know a little bit about nowadays Chinese plebeian life, you shouldn’t miss this film.
chenj-1 : Due to many reasons such as censorship, financial problems etc. Chinese movie industry has been at the bottom of food chain for decades. Only few people can make money from movie industry without the help of government. Later, many directors such as Zhang Yimou, Chen kaige turn to make all those blockbuster movies with high volume of investment. However, it does not seems to be a good way to keep Chinese movies alive. Empty plots, awkward performance of good-looking actors and actresses could not save movies. They are rip off money from people once, twice but never thrice.Crazy Stone was born under the circumstance that Chinese people are so disappointed by those movies made by zhang Yimou and Chen kaige that they only spend few us dollars buying illegal DVD copies on streets rather than going to movie cinemas. The enriched plot, excellent performances of unknown actors and hilarious story save the last hope of this country’s movies. The movie is produced by famous Hongkong actor Andy
lihans0518 : Just when i gave up on Chinese movies, there came the Crazy Stone. It brought me so much fun and made me to regain the hope for the Chinese movies. Never would I consider any liberal and entertaining stuff, such as the Crazy Stone, coming out nowadays from a social context that was tightly controlled, like the Chinese political environment.With a brand new vision the young and open minded director Hao Ning, again, showed us his talents of convincing over people’s pockets and their hearts. The director, simply like anyone else, sees the craziness in today’s China and has the urge to express his and also everybody else’s bewilderness, coz everybody is so lost in front of the money. people do not know where they are and where to go , more crazily, they do not have the rights and power to know about it, so why do not people just make fun of the whole madness, isn’t it what China all about now, chaos and craziness… …
harry_tk_yung : The popularity of this movie in China is quite logical: black comedies to the extent that this movie has gone are still a novelty and it is quite well done. If the movie makers have been inspired by only one “foreign” movie, it would probably be “Lock, stock and two smoking barrels”, as someone has already mentioned. But of course they have seen a lot more, many of which have been reflected in this movie, as intentional parodies or otherwise.”Crazy stone” has a somewhat convoluted plot, which is not necessarily hopelessly complicated. All it requires is a little attention. Filming technique and editing is not as avant-garde as some of the classic which have become familiar by now Pulp Fiction, Memento, Amores perros, 21 Grams, just to name a few. There are just enough sleight-of-hand montages to keep it interesting.
ivan_hugo168 : If you really like to watch Chinese movie, if you really want to know what exactly the best Chinese movie should be, please don’t watch ‘Shi mian mai fu’ (House of Flying Daggers), ‘Ying Xiong’ (Hero), or ‘Wu Ji’ (The Promise), but do not miss this movie: ‘Crazy Stone’ which would tell you that Chinese movie industry still have hope, and the new generation start direct their own movie, which is totally different as previous generation ( zhang yimou, chen kaiguo) in china. Givingyourself ten minutes watching this movie, after that, you will find that you are watching a movie which is very similar to the British movie ‘Snatch’, the director Lin Hao using the same way, Guy Ritchie used in ‘Snatch’ and ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, but the movie reflects the true living situation about plebeian in china. This movie fills with black humor, admirable scenario, and dialect (CHONG QING, CHENG DU, GUANG DONG, and QING DAO). Now it is the hottest movie in china this summer.
akgs : From plot to transition, from angle of lens to rhythmic montage, from editing to tone, from contrast to freeze frame…, you can get the impression involving Guy Ritchie, who may be referred as the Godfather of Film Noir. This story starts with a priceless emerald, a squad of slack guards and two gangs of thieves, one of which is amateur, while the other is professional judging from the looking. It is not difficult to speculate what would happen from this kind of stereotyped beginning. We can’t tell which part is the imitation and which is the original. It’s a concise and smart comedy, somehow, whose genre is quite different from traditional dramas we can watch at the Chinese cinema. Anyway, for the director, we can say, it’s almost an perfect homework. It would make somebody laugh, but it is difficult to have the audience impressed as a milestone movie.
mncfjzg : For those who don’t know much about the movie regulation system in China,just imagine you are a child from a very old-fashioned Christian family,if you don’t listen,the chance you get grounded or abused is sky high.That’s why the first time I saw this movie,confusion stroke me very,very hard,I mean,how could you expect someone lives in touchable fear all his life can make a piece of art like this?This movie,rarely,portrays Chinese social environment right on points and humor comes out of it very smoothly,you started feel a part of this movie at the beginning,and that explains why every single time the funny plot surfaces,nothing could stop you from uncontrolled laugh,of course you’ll laugh,you know the characters,it’s your father,your brother and the chick you saw in the movie theater,when things happen to people you feel familiar with,your emotion react much stronger than you think.The story lines,too,are one of the best I’ve seen in years,plots are puzzled but totally make sense to y
wanghav : Actually, I don’t like too many China movies, their story is pale, although I am a Chinese. But The “Crazy stone” is excepted, it’s really a good story. We could see rare movies which story and presentation like Crazy Stone in China, so we can say it become a milestone for china movie (no including HongKong and Taiwan, you know what i mean). Splendid story and wonderful actors performance, making this film more special. Also, you can learn something true about China daily life, so it doesn’t just make us happy, but some blue and black deep inside. We can see the shadow of “Pulp Fiction” in this movie, I just guess the director HaoNing is the fan of Quentin Tarantino, who knows, but we see his shadow indeed. And this never happened in any other China mainland movie, although HongKong movie is the teacher of Quentin Tarantino. In a word, I favor this movie for its good creativity and good cut.
DICK STEEL : So far, the FOCUS: First Cuts series of movies have been rather mediocre. Taiwan’s The Shoe Fairy was rather plain, Hong Kong’s I’ll Call You was concentrated too much on its effects, and Singapore’s Love Story was just awful. The three aforementioned movies lacked a compelling story to tell, and I was holding my breath on how a movie titled Crazy Stone will present itself.I bought into it, hook line and sinker, within the first ten minutes. The opening scenes were a class act in editing, presentation, with a mixture of humour, and wastes no time in introducing the ensemble characters of the movie – an ex-cop turned Chief Security Officer, his Toto-fanatical sidekick, the arrogant crony of an unscrupulous real estate developer, a skirt-chasing photographer, a trio of bumbling crooks, and a professional thief who just has no luck.Directed by China’s Ning Hao, Crazy Stone is one heck of a heist movie with deft touches in presentation.