Pastiche cinema

I only managed to catch one movie at the San Francisco Film Festival this year and it was a doozy. Project Gutenberg sounded like a great way to dip back into Hong Kong cinema – all the crazy action and concepts that I used to spend hours watching at the Great Star Theater on Jackson in the 90’s. But this is no Infernal Affairs, it’s the definition of pastiche, you can count the movies that it borrows from as the plot unravels even if the wrap around concept comes courtesy of To Live and Die in LA. Where’s the line between homage and rip off?


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