This film shows off some technical skill, but is otherwise disappointing, pretentious, and unlikely to engage teens. Director Hsin-yao Huang's focus on disappointed, self pitying 40-year-old Taiwanese males underscores a willful blindness to the plight of other tragedies suffered by many -- starvation, homelessness, displacement, war, racism. Perhaps this will resonate with Taiwanese men of a certain age, as director Hsin-yao Huang has tackled this subject before in an award-winning film called The Great Buddha+, but, for the wider audience, a series of non-sequitur references about everything from the way men put women on pedestals to The Big Bang fails to connect.
In addition, this fails as social commentary, satire, and comedy. The women here are little more than mother figures or sex objects loaded with unpleasant qualities. One is a rapacious and cynical professional, another an angry, ignored wife, another a giggling fool, and another the high school "class beauty" turned hooker. The director offers no guidance when he trains his camera on a man shedding tears. Why is he crying? There are many possible answers, but apart from generic disillusionment, we are offered no clues. This is two hours of self pitying blather expressed by dull, blank-faced men, accompanied by a sideshow of tired observations about public corruption that might seem praiseworthy if expressed by a bright 12-year-old, but amounts to little more than yawn-inducing platitudes when preached from the mouth of a grownup writer-director.