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The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

Time Contributor | Simon

Waiting for the release of "Nameless".

Director Cheng Er's new film has been absent from the screen for 7 years, and this year entered the Spring Festival file.

From the release of the first trailer, it has whetted the audience's appetite. I didn't know until the full lineup was revealed that this is a period film with a gathering of stars and a fierce story.

What are the differences between the new film and the previous one? Will Cheng Er recreate the cruel fable of "The Demise of Romance"? Is the audiovisual style of the film still so stylized?

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

The epic of the Nameless

Given the mystery of the film's early publicity, many viewers don't know what genre it is.

After the material was officially exposed, Time Jun can say with certainty that this is a spy war movie.

Its story is set in Shanghai in the 30s and 40s of the 20th century.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

At that time, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, and the Wang puppet government followed Japan to declare war on Britain and the United States, and Japan symbolically occupied the entire territory of Shanghai.

It can be seen from the trailer that the Japanese army at that time was inhumane and wanton, burning and looting the Chinese people.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

Ordinary people are hiding in troubled times, and their faces are full of the desire for survival under oppression.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

With the outbreak of the Pacific War, the situation of China's War of Resistance completely changed.

Underground CCP members must send intelligence to sabotage the peace between Japan and Jiang and protect the motherland.

In this special environment, countless underground workers exchanged their silent dedication for the victory of the Chinese revolution.

This is the meaning of the title of the film "Nameless", which takes the audience to see a hidden world of clouds by showing the struggle of the nameless.

In other words, the film is a poetic of the Nameless.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

Since it is a spy war movie, fierce conflict scenes are indispensable.

The trailer reveals a hot gunfight scene, and a rain of bullets is brewing in a narrow room.

Behind the gunfire is the choice between justice and betrayal between the two forces.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

The film also has adrenaline-pumping action scenes.

Looking at the sense of strength of this fist to the flesh, it showed the determination and courage of generosity and righteousness.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

In addition to action scenes, the most outstanding thing about spy movies is the wisdom fighting scene.

How to get intelligence from the enemy? How to risk your life to send intelligence? What should I do if I am discovered?

To answer the question of intellectual combat, it is necessary to introduce the second point of the film - the intricate interpersonal relationships.

Tony Leung took Zhou Xun again

The film party has not yet revealed the true identity of the character, and Time Jun can only look for clues from the materials first.

Let's first look at the two male protagonists: Tony Leung and Wang Yibo.

Tony Leung in the stills, with gloomy eyes and a solemn face, looks like Mr. Yi in "Color Ring".

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?
The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

As can be seen from his meticulous hairstyle and delicate suit, he is not low in position.

Compared with the mysterious and dark Tony Leung, the character played by Wang Yibo is better recognizable.

Whether in the poster or the trailer, he will actively be exposed to the sun, exuding the aura of blood qi and square gang.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

Coupled with his wounded appearance and the plot of bravely attacking the Japanese army, it can be generally judged that this is a character who dares to charge.

The relationship between the two male protagonists is about to come out: one city is quite deep, and the other is young and vigorous. One in the light and one in the dark.

Between the two, there may be a series of stories of temptation and game.

Among them, it involves personal growth, wits and courage, crisis of faith and human nature.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

Tony Leung's acting skills, Time Jun needless to say.

But for Wang Yibo's performance, netizens still couldn't help but put a question mark.

In this regard, Cheng Er once said in an interview with "Zhizu GQ":

"There is no other candidate for this character played by Wang Yibo, but after seeing him, I am sure that it is him. He contributed results in the film that surprised me and will surely surprise the audience in the future. ”

Wang Yibo also talked about the director's help to him, "It can make the actor better understand his expression and movements, and the director will also explain while watching to help me analyze and understand the story." ”

Time Jun's appetite was suddenly hanging, wanting to see what kind of on-screen performance he would bring.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

After talking about the male protagonist, let's talk about Zhou Xun.

Zhou Xun once acted in the spy war film "The Wind Listener" with Tony Leung, and "Nameless" is the second cooperation between the two after many years.

What's the difference?

The relationship between the characters is different, and Zhou Xun and Tony Leung in "The Wind Listener" are obvious comrades-in-arms, while "Nameless" has no relevant description.

The character state is different, Zhou Xun in "Nameless" looks more broken, but his eyes are still resolute, and he has a sense of mission that never says die.

Time Jun guessed that she played the role of threading the needle in the film and was a game-breaker who carried on the upper and lower.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

In addition to these three big coffee, the supporting cast of the film is also quite exciting.

There are Huang Lei, Jiang Shuying, Wang Chuanjun, Dapeng, Zhang Jingyi, Sen Bozhi and so on.

These characters have complex and unpredictable expressions, or will contribute together to a series of thrilling spy battle group dramas.

Cheng Er likes to shoot group portraits of small people in a specific era, as is the case with "The History of the Demise of Romance", where each supporting character has its own highlight moment, either tragic or moving.

I believe that "Nameless" will also give birth to unforgettable supporting roles.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?
The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?
The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?
The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?
The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?
The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

Cheng Er audiovisual aesthetics

Cheng Er is an author-type director with extremely stylized audio-visual.

Huang Lei once commented on him, many directors make movies will think about how to please the audience, but Cheng Er cares more about whether it meets the expression and aesthetics of the film.

Yes, his requirements for the audiovisual aesthetics of the film are very demanding.

The executive director, who has been working with Cheng Er, revealed in an interview:

"He loves symmetrical shots, is paranoid about details, can't tolerate white spots on the walls, unpaved sheets, and even wants to control the direction of the raindrops if he can."

As can be seen from the trailer, the film does have a large number of symmetrical composition shots.

This symmetry makes the picture clean and coordinated, dignified and solemn, and full of form.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?
The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?
The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?
The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

These compositions, seemingly neat, are actually weird and contain a huge amount of information.

Whether it is an overhead shot from God's perspective, a follow-up shot following the movement of the character, or a smooth shot of quiet observation, it is a cryptic expression of the turbulent situation, environmental changes and the fate of the characters.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

This is a very advanced image processing method, every picture has something to express, there is no waste lens.

In addition, he also likes to use magnificent natural scenes to contrast with dark indoor spaces, using natural contrasts to satirize the fate of human beings who always love to fight in the nest.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?
The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?
The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

Cheng Er's dedication to aesthetics is not only reflected in the shooting level.

The makeup and hair costumes of the characters are also part of it.

Once, while filming Tony Leung's conversation with the Japanese in the rain, the rain crumpled the trench coat. In order to pursue perfection, the director has been letting the costumer tidy up and smooth it out.

In fact, it is not difficult to see from the trailer that small objects such as leather shoes, ties, hats, and lighters are infinitely magnified by the camera to participate in the narrative together.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?
The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?
The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

Cheng Er is good at using details to metaphorically describe the psychological changes and emotional progression of characters, suggesting the next direction of the character, which is a very testing wisdom and American business shooting method.

It is through the strict control of the lens, composition, makeup and hair that Cheng Er's unique film aesthetic style has been achieved.

Looking at the many trailers of the film, there are killings and vitality, restraint and compassion, and the elements are very full.

Some people say that as a spy war film, "Nameless" may be the biggest opponent of "The Wind".

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?
The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

Zhou Xun in "Nameless" and "The Wind"

But Time doesn't think so.

The style of the two is completely different, "The Wind" has a fast pace and sharp editing of commercial attributes, pursuing escape room thrill and bloody visual stimulation.

But "Nameless" is more stylized by the director, and the rhythm is like peeling an onion, layer by layer.

In fact, comparing "Nameless" with "The Wind" is of little significance.

The essence of spy war movies is not only suspense and gunfights, but more importantly, the value of shooting the protagonist's beliefs and ideals.

What is faith? Faith is indomitable and confronts darkness, faith is faith in the future and carries the weight forward.

Faith is like Gu Xiaomeng's classic line: "My dear people, I am so ruthless to you, just because the nation has reached the point of survival, my generation can only fight to save in case." ”

The way "Nameless" presents the value of faith is also very special.

Instead of focusing on historical celebrities, it focuses on a group of selfless and dedicated underground CCP members.

The dark horse of word of mouth in the Spring Festival stall, will it be it?

In the face of the crisis of the family and country, it is the faith that the unsung heroes swear to protect us, reminding us of what is turbulent times, what is nirvana rebirth, what is correct belief, and what is to carry the weight of the world forward.

Therefore, Cheng Er uses a movie to commemorate those heroes of the era who have paid silently, which is a matter of great social responsibility.

Time Jun also sincerely hopes that "Nameless" can live up to the audience's expectations, become an epic of the nameless, and become an elegy for the sad and unyielding era.

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