Reviews - The Crossing
Reviewed By Stephen Pye
In the film, Peipei, played by the brilliant Huang Yao, a 16-year-old from a broken family in Shenzhen, mainland China, attends a school for well-heeled teenagers on the other side of the bay in Hong Kong. She needs money to vacation in Japan with her friend Jo (Carmen Soup). Before long, innocent intentions bait Peipei into working for an underground counterfeit iPhone ring that operates between the two borders by way of Jo's boyfriend Hao (Sunny Sun).
Bolstered by a sophisticated technical polish and audacious tonal shifts—from dynamic handheld shots in Hong Kong to mannered static compositions in Shenzhen—the film's construction reflects its protagonist's bifurcated existence in her external domains an emotional states; her divided family life and friendships; her traversal between upper and lower class, childhood and adulthood, and normal life and the criminal underground. Bai integrates thrilling heist genre elements into tender melodrama while brazenly showing the life-threatening physical dangers and moral quandaries faced by youth living in between worlds struggling to make a living. Peipei isn't an extraordinary character but through her search for purpose and belonging, the director unfolds complex, nuanced notions of what it means to be a young person living in the world today.
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