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Pickle is a night security guard at a bronze statue factory. His colleague, Belly Bottom, works as a recycling collector during the day, and Pickle's biggest pleasure in life is flicking through the porn magazines Belly Bottom collects in the small hours in the security room. Having late night snacks and watching television are an integral part of their dull lives. One day when the television is broken, their lives are changed forever. The story involves gods, the middle-aged men's sexual desire and the conversation between ghosts and humans. Maybe the audience will find it preposterous, but isn't life itself a farce?
This is just a so-so film, pretentiously made like what Federico Fellini did long time ago in black and white. The storyline was not that interesting, struggling local lowlives vs the local rich and powerful. There're a two deadbeats, a buddha manufacturer, and a bunch of go-betweens. The main dialog in this extremely localized Taiwanese film used the Chinese southern Fu-Kien Province dialect widely spoken in Taiwan, but the high ratio of using the localized obscene curse often related to everybody's mother being raped or violated was so high, it almost covered and appeared in most of the dialog.
The Chinese title of this film was using the pronouncing tone of "Plus", i.e. POO-LA-S(ending sound of S) as "+". There were two murders in this film(didn't feel like a spoiler at all), one witnessed by the two main deadbeats, one was not witnessed but highly suspicious committed by the same person who did the first one. The "+" after "The Great Buddha" title hinted there's something more about this Buddha or in it; it's a plus, buy one get one free. The obscure mix-up similar pronunciations of the Latino "Puta" as well as "Buddha" was the high point of the creativity of the screenplay dialog.
But alas, here's the illogic kick:
A Dead Body is a Dead Weight, there' no way to be handled by just one guy to dispose it, albeit it needed to be lifted and raised so high over the Buddha's neck opening single handed without help, even a normally strong and young guy couldn't do it, not a weak past prime middle aged baldy alcoholic, especially just finished a fornication.
The "Buddha" manufactured in this film is a symbol of absurdity and the phony faith of the Buddhism in Taiwan. It's just a money-making religion, some monks used the Buddha to make a living, some politicians used this almost always Sitting Guy to fool and gain the votes. The Buddhism is so shamelessly commercialized in Taiwan, China and the South-east Asia.
You need patience to watch to the end, 'cause the tempo of this film is so slow and so predictable. The Narrative voice also made this film a not quite serious one, just with an overly used way to help telling a not-so-interesting story. This narration way is also widely used in Korean movies.
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