The story of Plastic City revolves around an aging Chinese gangster who built himself up from selling cheap trinkets on the streets in Paraguay to running one of the largest counterfeit goods operations in Brazil. In recent years, however, globalization has seriously hurt Yuda’s business. The corrupt city official who always made sure to look the other way is getting visits from people in government. Needless to say, things turn ugly. The movie gets really bizarre however and made me question if they were going for style over substance.
For example, if you decide to watch this film you will be introduced to an insane street fight so bloody you’ll forget what kind of film Plastic City really is. The look of Plastic City, the cinematography, the lighting, art direction, etc. almost reminded me of City of God, so if you liked that film, this one will be right up your alley. It really is all about the small details because the actual film makes about as much sense as the plot description I gave in the first paragraph. There really isn’t anymore to provide you other then tell you there is a weak love interest sub plot that you can easily overlook.
Obviously I am not trying to detour you away from this film saying it is not important enough to invest a little time into. Serious and even deadly events do occur, but it’s difficult to find any purpose in the film’s narrative. It was very cool to see the actors attempt scenes of Portugese dialogue. After all, the film’s setting is the undergroud community of Sao Paolo. Wong is terrific as the aging gangster who does not want to accept the fact that his beloved city has changed and there is no longer a place for him in it. You really get a good feel of the actors pain while being enveloped in a setting you don’t often see in an Asian film.
Spiralling into certain doom, the team have to fight their way out of jail, gang wars, blackmail and assassination attempts. Needless to say, there are a lot of elements to keep you engaged in this crime drama. There are some striking, original visuals and one or two intriguing scenes, but keep in mind that it is handled very poorly in execution. It is a dark and mesmeric piece and has moments of fantastic CGI which is enough for me to expose and recommend that you all go out and see this film. It won’t necessarily change any barriers but it just might surprise you how unique and different this film unfolds. It is very disappointing to see that this unique film did not get a proper Blu-ray release. So track it down on the internet if you can.