Inseparable

Written & Directed by Dayyan Eng
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Daniel Wu, Beibi Gong, Yan Ni, and Peter Stormare

SUMMARY:

Inseparable is a unique dramedy with psychological suspense overtones. The story is a humorous comment on life, facing one’s problems, relationships, love, and finding one’s true self in today's fast changing and materialistic world. The story takes place in a southern megacity in China. It tells the plot-twisting story of Li (Daniel Wu), a burnt out engineer at a high-tech prosthetics company, who has, recently and suddenly, endured several tragic events in his life. The movie opens as we see Li trying to commit suicide; fortunately, this is interrupted by an American expat claiming to be his neighbor, Chuck (Kevin Spacey). The two become friends and Chuck takes Li under his wings and gradually helps Li with his troubles at work, with life in general, and his relationship woes with his wife Pang (Gong Beibi) -- an investigative reporter with extreme mood swings… But is “Chuck” really who he says he is?

• Inseparable is the first fully Chinese-financed film with a Hollywood star in the lead.
• Inseparable sold in more territories outside China than any other domestic Chinese film in 2012, including: USA, UK, Japan, Germany, India, Australia, Brazil etc.

AWARDS

  • Official Selection 16th Busan Int'l Film Festival
  • Top 10 Most Notable Asian Film of 2011 - Wall Street Journal
  • Best US-China Co-Production Film - 9th Chinese American Film Festival
  • Top 12 Most Anticipated & Recommended Films of 2012 - China Film Directors’ Guild

POSTER

Chinese Theatrical Poster

Inseparable

International Festival Poster

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REVIEWS & QUOTES

Qi Xiao, NetEase:
“Using a completely new and unique approach, ‘Inseparable’ touches on many socially sensitive topics, and through Dayyan Eng’s unique sense of dark humor, the film examines the pressures facing young people today.”
Phil Wheat, Nerdly Reviews UK:
"(Inseparable) features angels, exploding tofu, Peter Stormare in a diaper and Kevin Spacey giving one of his great “I don’t give a shit” performances, reminding me very much of his free-spirited role in American Beauty. Thankfully Spacey and Wu also make for a great pairing, each playing off each other well with some great comedic timing – it also helps that Spacey is giving one of his best performances in years."
James Mudge, Beyond Hollywood:
“Enjoyable and big-hearted... There’s no question that “Inseparable” receives a real boost from the presence of Spacey... (who is) on decent form, and there’s something almost startling in seeing an actual proper western actor in a Chinese film rather than the usual dragged in off the street amateurs – it’s worth noting that the film also features character actor Peter Stormare in a small though amusing villainous role... Spacey and Wu have a real onscreen chemistry... At the same time, Dayyan Eng is clearly still aiming the film at the domestic (Chinese) market, and though the film’s general themes of work and life troubles are universal, it’s rooted in Chinese culture and values, dealing specifically with corruption and issues of tainted medicine, and referencing Maoist era hero Lei Feng. On this score, Eng does quite well, and the film is one of the few to successfully employ more western techniques whilst maintaining a Chinese feel. ”
Film 21 :
“Relative to other films on the Chinese market, ‘Inseparable’ is undoubtedly the most unique, novel, interesting and powerful film of them all.”
Vagabonds:
“Inseparable was by far the best movie we saw at the (Busan) festival! It’s an excellent movie, and I definitively recommend finding a way to watch this one (in your country).”
Si Ye, Tencent News
“It’s like an adrenaline rush: fun, exciting, exhilarating… along Daniel Wu’s (character’s) journey to try to fix the ills of society and punish bad guys, in the end, it’s about finding one’s self and finding life and love again. To this end, ‘Inseparable’ is like a pit stop for the soul of the modern Chinese man, a map to fixing the mediocrity and escapism plaguing society. This time around, director Eng touches on the tragedy within the comedy, the sense of loss and injustice, and the warmth of love – because in the end, love is what ultimately saves the day.”
Sina News
“There’s never been a Chinese film as unique as ‘Inseparable’ before.”
The Beijing News
“Inseparable creatively portrays a very timely theme… The film is a very unique Chinese film, the combined style and elements are rarely seen in Chinese cinema. Dayyan Eng technical proficiency and imagery captures the urban big city feel that’s lacking in most Chinese films today. ”
Derek Elley, Film Business Asia (formerly Variety's senior film critic):
“Set in the present day, and in an entrepreneurial Chinese city — never named but actually Guangzhou — the film shows no sense of strain in its "internationalism" and, thanks to Chinese-American Eng's own bi-culturalism, most of the humour, both verbal and visual, crosses cultural lines. Looking serene and/or playful, Spacey is just right as pushy neighbour Chuck, and throws himself into the role. But the major surprise is the natural chemistry he manages to establish with Wu — an actor who doesn't bond easily with co-stars on screen — especially in the first half. That seems as much due to Eng who, like his dialogue which sits easily in both Chinese and western actors' mouths, shows an almost actorly talent for sketching relationships on screen in a succinct and likable way. In the only major female role — excluding a cameo by Yan Ni as an office vamp — Gong Beibi fits well between Spacey and Wu, and comes over strongest in the moments of larky comedy.”
Rupert Bottenberg, Fantasia Filmfest:
"As China’s cinema rises in global importance, Dayyan Eng’s quirky, unsettling buddy dramedy INSEPARABLE marks a milestone in cultural crossover. It’s the first Chinese production to feature a Hollywood star front and centre. Oscar winner Kevin Spacey’s mastery of the smirk and the smartass remark, with which he made his mark in THE USUAL SUSPECTS and so many other films, is on full display here. At the same time, the role of Li provides a global platform for California-born, fluently bilingual Daniel Wu. A top-tier film star in Hong Kong, Wu is well positioned to reach a far wider audience in the coming years. Upping the ante on previous East-West cinematic collabs, writer/director Dayyan Eng offers his dynamic duo something more amusing than ponderous historical drama and meatier than broad, dumbed-down action-comedy — though witty and endearing, INSEPARABLE has a dark and poignant streak that adds heft to its antics."
J-P Wooding, Flickering Myth:
"By deciding not to concentrate the efforts of this film into one area, such as drama or comedy, Eng makes a bold move, and in my opinion a successful one. There are comedic moments, such as the duo acting as vigilantes, and occasional smatterings of dark shadows of the film’s more sombre situations. Daniel Wu’s excellent ability at displaying the emotional extremes his character Li goes through beats a great rhythm which is well peppered by Kevin Spacey’s expected quips and smirks as the mysterious neighbour Chuck. Beibi Gong as Li’s wife, Pang, is good and played off Wu’s talents well...The mistake here after watching would be to compare it to films that share themes but concentrate their efforts on single genres. "