Internet Disaster
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by Lee Jok-Nam.


Released in 2003. So why does it look like it was filmed in 1995? No matter. At least it wasn't shot using digital video. A housewife (Vivien Chen) is married to a wealthy, attractive, but older and always busy husband (Yu Rong-Guang). They move into a great big house in the suburbs. She spends her day with her excentric neighbor, or logs on to the Internet. She starts up an emotional relationship with an online personality named "Mike," and soon it becomes a cyber-affair. They agree to meet in real life, but she brings her neighbor when he demanded they meet alone, enraging him. Soon, the mysterious Mike is stalking her. He knows everything about her (because she, like an idiot, told him when he asked), and she knows nothing about him. When she goes to confide in her husband, she stops at the last minute, because his suspicious behavior makes her think he may be her cyber-stalker. To make matters worse, she signed up for a computer class during all this, and met another guy (Alex To), who she also fell for, and he for her. But then, he could be the stalker, too. The movie leaves you guessing right up until the very end, though for the most part I was trying to guess how much more running time there was until the end, not guessing who her stalker was. The core problem with INTERNET DISASTER is simple: Yu Rong-Guang doesn't do anything to deserve his wife's meandering habits, and she gets herself into difficult, and potentially deadly, situations out of nothing more than boredom. Get a hobby, lady. Or -- I've got an idea! Get a job!

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on November 17, 2004.


Comments

the plot is very stupid.. the stalker is foolish.. he could have rape her so many times.. the actress is the most stupid woman..

Posted by: viana at August 28, 2005 03:32 PM

Watched this tonight. What a didactic misfire. Did anyone notice the overriding web phobia designed to please the commie censors? That lovely little bit at the end where a wise Vivian—whose night class in computers has apparently enabled her to TEACH the subject at a primary school (!)—reminds her apple-cheeked young charges why they're basically FORBIDDEN from "surfing the web," even though one little punkin' claims that she knows how to swim! Awwwwww. Coupled with the suggestion that the lives of bored, 18-year-old Chinese wives (nice try, Viv!) of wealthy Chinese businessmen should nonetheless revolve around their absentee husbands, it's enough to make you realize just how slowly the Chinese government likes to think (and wishes it could make sure) progress is taking place amongst the increasingly affluent and techno-savvy middle class. I suspect even people there got a good kick out of this eye-roller!

Posted by: Brian Thibodeau at April 15, 2007 02:47 AM

Brian, I couldn't focus on this tedious film long enough when watching to notice the political subtext, but you're so right. Brilliant.

Posted by: PTN at April 16, 2007 12:28 AM
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