Movie Info: Writer-director Dayyan Eng’s Inseparable is claimed to be the first fully funded Chinese film with an American star, Kevin Spacey. It’s a black comedy with conflicting urges toward satire on one hand and fantasy on the other. The story is about a troubled young man named Li (Daniel Wu) who faces pressure at work and problems at home with his moody wife. Chuck (Spacey), rescues Li from the brink of despair and becomes an unlikely mentor. Under Chuck’s guidance, Li creates a super hero alter ego, that of an anti-corruption crime fighter complete with a costume somewhere between Batman and Captain China. (Well, it wouldn’t be Captain America, now would it?) Chuck comes along as his sidekick with a much better costume. But who is Chuck really?
Mars Review: Inseparable is somewhat of a landmark event, being one of the first Chinese films to feature a Hollywood star in a lead role. The film progresses from a buddy movie to a super-hero satire and then a sci-fi fantasy about levels of reality. There’s no questioning, Inseparable receives a real boost from the presence of Spacey. Spacey and Daniel Wu have a real onscreen chemistry, and the film is sort of a buddy comedy. It’s rooted in Chinese culture and values, the film is one of few to successfully employ more western techniques whilst maintaining a Chinese feel. Even though Spacey never really steps outside his usual sarcastic comedy comfort zone, he’s in decent form, and there’s something almost startling in seeing an actual proper western actor in a Chinese film.
Stars: 3 1/2 out of 5