‘Life Is Cheap… But Toilet Paper Is Expensive’ Review: Wayne Wang’s Hong Kong Noir Dazzles In New Director’s Cut & Restoration

‘Life Is Cheap… But Toilet Paper Is Expensive’ Review: Wayne Wang’s Hong Kong Noir Dazzles In New Director’s Cut & Restoration
Film noir is a story of migration and its uncertainties. The genre made its way from France in the crime novels of Marcel Duhamel via the term Série noire, then smuggled itself into the United States in the mid-1940s, first used by Nino Frank to undress the battered pulp of Dashiell Hammett. It was pilfered again by other writers to describe the influx of post-wwii films that were bathed in expressionistic and literal darkness, following disoriented protagonists and their futile searches for an American Dream that was little more than a bear trap.

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