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PARKING
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by:  Mong-Hong Chung

Starring:
Chen Chang
Lunmei Kwai
Kai-jung Lin

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
It's Mother's Day, and Chen Mo just wants to get home and have a make-up dinner with his wife. Too bad someone double parked right next to his car and blocked him in. Now, Chen Mo has to search the adjacent apartment complex for the double-parker and ends up meeting a very strange array of folks.

Is it good movie?
Damn it! What the hell?! This Taiwanese import had me drooling with high expectations. I never would have thought that while viewing it, I'd merely become a drooling vegetable!

The set-up showed such promise. A dude gets trapped outside an apartment complex because this random car double-parks in front of his, forcing him to search through the entire building to find the asshole parker. On his journey, he comes into contact with a wide range of weirdos. Sounds interesting, right? Wrong-O!

Maybe it was because of the language or culture barrier, but I seriously did not get the antics happening with this flick. I didn't laugh, I didn't feel any forms of suspense, in fact, I didn't feel much of anything beyond the urge to fast forward or simply turn it off. I hate to be sounding so negative in regards to the flick because clearly, the filmmakers were interested in conveying some kind of quirky story. Plus, the actors all gave professional performances. I just didn't care in the least for anything that was shown.

I also didn't like how the characters were introduced with nary a backstory of any kind. I know that this works in some movies, but there just wasn't anything interesting enough about the characters to make me want to simply jump in and follow them anywhere. I'm still having trouble discerning how the prostitute woman fit in. The movie kept jumping around to these random people without any real introduction.

Another issue that really bothered me was PARKING's pacing. The thing felt slower than, well, a f*cking parked car! With all the odd people that Chen Mo runs into, you'd think there would be a nice zip to the onscreen actions. Not so much. I lost count of how many times I almost fell asleep. Again, maybe I'm just not getting how this Taiwan flick is supposed to translate, but why the f*ck would that make me recommend it?

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 2.35:1

Audio Mandarin 5.1 Dolby Digital with English and French subtitles

The Extras
Absolutely nada. And I probably wouldn't be interested in any if there were.

Last Call
If you're a fan of Asian cinema, then perhaps you'll find some enjoyment in checking this thing out. I, on the other hand, felt like I was being tortured by an immovable object that made little to know sense. Boring, uneventful, and pointless.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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