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This contemporary film noir is an international endeavor with key creative forces hailing from China, Germany, and the United States. It is based on the Chinese novel Yoban shi huoyan she hai shu Fire and Ice by subversive writer Wang Shuo, who has been called a "corruptor of youth" by critics in his native land. German screenwriter/director Peter Sehr fell in love with the novel and chose to adapt it as a film set in New York City. For Sehr, the location best represents a contrast of "people and light" that ...
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This contemporary film noir is an international endeavor with key creative forces hailing from China, Germany, and the United States. It is based on the Chinese novel Yoban shi huoyan she hai shu Fire and Ice by subversive writer Wang Shuo, who has been called a "corruptor of youth" by critics in his native land. German screenwriter/director Peter Sehr fell in love with the novel and chose to adapt it as a film set in New York City. For Sehr, the location best represents a contrast of "people and light" that compliments the film's subject matter, a dark love story between a brilliant biology student and a master swindler. Claire is a good girl living a mundane lifestyle until she meets literature-quoting con man, Jack. Although Jack normally despises relationships, he's attracted to Claire's innocence and allows a romance to blossom. But when a detective begins closing in on a his latest caper, he's forced to give Claire the cold shoulder. Heartbroken, Claire starts down a spiraling road of self-destruction that's often painful to watch. Performance highlights are Adrien Brody as Jack, and Pam Grier in a tough-lady role reminiscent of Jackie Brown. ~ Connor McMadden
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  • Release Date: 10/28/2003
  • UPC: 738329046330
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Kino Video
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Performance Credits
Adrien Brody Jack, Jack Grace
Charlotte Ayanna Claire
Jon Seda Charlie
August Diehl Jeff
Pam Grier Linda Fox
Michaela Conlin Cara
Joey Kern Fitzgerald
Sara Klingebiel Jill
Francisco Lorite Barry
Katherine Moennig Debbie
Ned Stresen-Reuter Brian
Technical Credits
Peter Sehr Director, Screenwriter
Darien Dahoud Score Composer
Jason Kliot Co-producer
Marie Noelle Screenwriter
Wolfram Tichy Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Film Noir

    This is a great new film noir, capturing the global aspects of a Chinese author, a German director, and American crime, and universal love and sex. I don't know what's more global than that. I was astounded by Brody's performance, really becoming the actor of his generation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    [3.5]--Trying to love and be loved with a broken heart.

    I would have given this flick 4 star, but there were some plotting issues and areas where things didn't get developed as well as they should have. Claire is a grad student who gets straight A’s, wanting to rebel she gets with Jack, the petty thief and secret writer, whose world is turned up upside-down by a combination of sex, true love, and loyalty. This film was very intense & leaves you thinking. Anyone, esp. women, who has fallen in love with a "dangerous/mysterious" type will surely relate to this because stories like hers are very common, although not everybody goes to such extremes. Adrien Brody is an excellent actor and gives an interesting and subtle performance that he slowly let us in to the interior that lies under the criminal, streetwise exterior. The script doesn't actually explain how Jack Grace became the way he is. The sketchy details about his background he provides Claire could be a figment of his overactive imagination. So all we can do is watch Claire sink lower and lower, but eventually redeem herself. Charlotte Ayanna's performance as Claire was wonderful she has depicted this role without any annoying mannerisms and has pushed some realistic traits into her character. Pam Grier is also good in her "almost-cameo" role as the police officer who comes in and out of the lead characters' lives throughout the film as well as Jon Seda as Jack partner in crime and close friend. ‘Love The Hard Way’ is a bitter sweet love story that will make you think. It also provides some dark mysterious qualities. Peter Sehr is a great director. The cinematography and use of colors that he captures are wonderful. The plot is at once very unconventional, given that it isn't quite as linear as most...and yet has all the elements necessary for a successful drama. All around this movie is worth seeing.

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