Nothing Can’t Be Undone By a HotPot

Nothing Can't Be Undone By a HotPot
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However, let me make it plain that “Nothing Can’t Be Undone By a HotPot” is not only the most outstanding name for a movie in 2018 so far, but also an unpretentious Chinese whodunit with respect to money theft, dead man and dirty linen. Early on in this sweetly sugary Agatha Christie-style mystery which is just as deliberately paced as it sounds, the cash and body manifest, but it is some time before we know what had happened to the laundry.

A coded text message summons four friends who convene at a combined mahjong/chinese opera bar owned by the group’s leader nicknamed Nine Cakes (played by Yu Qian). Assembled co-conspirators are somewhat strangers to each other having only interacted through an online forum. Nevertheless they readily commit themselves to what seems like a simple heist: gain access into an apartment set for demolition then snatch a bag hidden behind bathroom tiles.

Members of the team including Fortune (Ailei Yu) and Chicken (Yang Mi) struggle to stay ahead of their ever escalating plan with nicknames related to Mahjong. But it’s not just one suitcase; there are two of them and the second one has someone’s body in it and perhaps that person is still alive. The snatchers crouch round a hotpot table backstage at an opera house.

If you compare one scene to another, the uneven pace and unstable tone of “Nothing Can’t Be Undone By A HotPot” might appear manic. To keep themselves entertained during lengthy episodes full of twists that are stylish enough for a two plus hours long caper. That counts for something in a wool-gathering rather than yarn-spinning film. Each new twist thus unwittingly seeds the next while seemingly betraying itself via unprepared spontaneity since this isn’t just some random bag full of stolen money and its occupant isn’t just some sap. The key is to make the story simmer at its own pace, boiling over so often that by the end of the flick, what stands out most is not so much the integrity of the plot but rather how seamlessly it had been presented.

The performances of the four primary cast members —and even a corpse, Director Fu (Tian Yu)—mark a clear distinction between “Nothing Can’t Be Undone By A HotPot” and other recent programmers. Rather than being melodramatic dialogue as seen in post-Tarantino films, this is casual conversations through which matters are deliberated upon by people who have been talking for hours. This movie’s characters do not only chat; they also perform together and for each other. They share secrets they must tell one another, yet they also get along well, no matter how much some may step on others’ toes. It does have big escape room energy though, Nothing Can’t be Undone By a Hotpot.

When Seventy Grand (Li Jiu Xiao) sees a pile of loot, she can only gasp “Poverty limited my imagination.” This movie is mostly charming because its characters think through dialogue like frustrated negotiators. An early conversation in the film that I am still laughing at involved the group considering what to do with Fu’s body for a moment. “Dismember it!” Seventy Grand says and then after a short pause Nine Cakes agrees seriously. Then they discuss how much of the body each person should cut up and who among them gets to use the big cleaver, after which Nine Cakes declares, “This is what I can take at most: no arms.”

“How Nothing Can’t Be Undone By a Hotpot” is continuously on the verge of becoming a darker story but it never does go there. It is not as weighty as you think but rather frothy and playful thus; someone who likes their crime fiction grim or dark may not get into this one easily. You never know what to expect yet such cynicism never enters your head especially in films where Chinese Opera performers occasionally interrupt our thieves’ conversation. These people just bust into the story through locked doors saying some stupid things about what really happens behind the back wall of combination opera theater/mahjong bar.This by the way are always wrong, too They even perform for themselves only as they demonstrate heroically ignorant stentorian tones in their speeches Meanwhile Nine Cakes’ crew always plays to an audience of four with an unexpected fifth player.

The best thing about this film “Nothing Can’t Be Undone By a Hotpot” is teamwork hence making it quite good on easy terms alone if you don’t want something demanding. Because Of The Joy Of Being Taken For A Ride Rather Than Watch It Unfold Is Why You Should See This Film Don’t watch this film expecting anything- just enjoy! There’s even a hint at sequel but only in a pre-credits outtake. However, as long as the same crew returns, I would love to come back for more.

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