Review by gloria wong
Plastic City begins rather promisingly as an international action/thriller set in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Yuda works the local politicians to secure his blackmarket import/export business interests. He is also the adoptive father of his next-in-command Kirin, a young man with a taste for Brazilian strippers and anime-inspired violence. When Taiwanese representatives of a more powerful crime syndicate show up and convince the local crooked cops and more powerful crooked politicians to turn on Yuda and his small gang, it seems like the perfect setup for intrigue.
Unfortunately, the film devolves into a genre mish-mash with a few too many endings. Twists and genre-blending are one thing; meandering from dead-end to dead-end is an entirely different thing.
Yu Lik-wai | Brazil/China | 2008 | 115min