Caught in the Web
|Caught in the Web|
|Directed by||Chen Kaige|
|Running time||121 minutes|
Caught in the Web (Chinese: 搜索; pinyin: Sōusuǒ) is a 2012 Chinese drama film directed by Chen Kaige. In September 2012 it screened as a special presentation at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was selected as the Chinese entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.
Set in Hangzhou(抗州方向), in modern-day China, a young woman becomes embroiled in controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes viral. The aftermath effects her personal and professional life and brings her face to face with the video's poster, an ambitious journalist.
- Gao Yuanyuan as Ye Lanqiu
- Yao Chen as Chen Ruoxi
- Mark Chao as Yang Shoucheng
- Wang Xueqi as Shen Liushu
- Chen Hong as Mo Xiaoyu
- Wang Luodan as Yang Jiaqi
- Chen Ran as Tang Xiaohua
- Zhang Yi as Zhang Mu
Derek Elley of Film Business Asia gave the film a score of 9/10, and states "Chen has come late in the game to dealing with the social and ethical contradictions of life in modern-day China, but Web more than makes up for lost time. Densely plotted across its two hours' running-time, the film starts as a black comedy on the destructive power of modern media (especially China's internet discussion boards) but from its midway point gradually morphs into a complex web of love and ambition, both gained and lost."
Maggie Lee of Variety describes it as "An engrossing, if lengthy social drama in which a woman's minor public misconduct plunges her into a dragnet of cyber witch-hunting that unseats relationships, careers and a business empire, the punningly titled "Caught in the Web" reps a thought-provoking, character-driven morality tale by Chinese helmer Chen Kaige."
Dan Fainaru of Screen Daily describes the film as "A cinematic tour de force in every respect, Che Kaige’s complex, multi-layered story looks for a while like a satirical take on the misuse of new fancy gadgetry to deprive individuals of their last shred of privacy and ends on an introspective tone, suggesting there is no use blaming the gadgets, but the people behind them." Fainaru further describes the film as "A surprisingly refreshing departure for one of China’s leading Fifth Generation filmmakers, better identified with period pieces."
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- Lee, Maggie (2012-09-12). "Caught in the Web". Variety.
- Young, Deborah (2012-09-17). "Caught in the Web: Toronto Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Fainaru, Dan (2012-09-14). "Caught In The Web". Screen Daily.