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the_DT
laserman_NN
:_:
somehow_RB
the_DT
title_NN
of_IN
writer-director-producer_NN
peter_NP
wang_???
's_BEZ
film_NN
conjures_NNS
up_RP
images_NNS
of_IN
superheroes_NNS
,_,
like_IN
ultraman_NN
and_CC
spiderman_NN
._.
you_PP
kind_NN
of_IN
expect_VB
an_DT
adventure_NN
flick_NN
about_IN
a_DT
crime_NN
fighter_NN
who_WP
can_MD
shoot_VB
laser_NN
beams_NNS
from_IN
his_PP$
fingertips_NNS
._.
as_CS
it_PP
turns_VBZ
out_RP
,_,
the_DT
laserman_NN
_is__???
about_RB
crime_NN
and_CC
about_IN
laser_NN
beams_NNS
,_,
but_CC
there_EX
aren't_BER
any_DT
superheroes_NNS
._.
instead_RB
,_,
wang_???
's_NNS
film_NN
is_BEZ
populated_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
group_NN
of_IN
refreshingly_RB
off-beat_NN
characters_NNS
living_NN
in_IN
the_DT
ultimate_JJ
cultural_JJ
melting_NN
pot_NN
:_:
new_JJ
york_NP
city_NN
._.
the_DT
laserman_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
comic_NN
brew_NN
which_WDT
celebrates_VBZ
ethnicity_NN
,_,
eccentricity_NN
,_,
and_CC
electricity_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
tells_VBZ
the_DT
bizarre_JJ
story_NN
of_IN
arthur_NP
weiss_NP
(_(
marc_NP
hayashi_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
chinese-american_JJ
laser_NN
scientist_NN
whose_WP$
life_NN
becomes_VBZ
incredibly_RB
hectic_JJ
after_IN
he_PP
accidentally_RB
kills_VBZ
his_PP$
lab_NN
assistant_NN
in_IN
an_DT
experiment_NN
._.
he_PP
loses_VBZ
his_PP$
job_NN
but_CC
finds_VBZ
work_NN
with_IN
a_DT
mysterious_JJ
company_NN
which_WDT
secretly_RB
plans_VBZ
to_IN
use_NN
laser_NN
technology_NN
to_IN
commit_VB
dastardly_JJ
deeds_NNS
._.
arthur_NP
's_POS
professional_JJ
life_NN
is_BEZ
cluttered_VBN
with_IN
moral_JJ
dilemmas_NNS
._.
his_PP$
personal_JJ
life_NN
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
cluttered_VBN
with_IN
colorful_JJ
friends_NNS
and_CC
quirky_JJ
relatives_NNS
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
arthur_NP
is_BEZ
by_IN
far_RB
the_DT
blandest_NN
character_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
despite_IN
a_DT
charismatic_JJ
performance_NN
by_IN
hayashi_NP
(_(
the_DT
san_NP
francisco-based_JJ
actor_NN
whose_WP$
films_NNS
include_VB
chan_NP
is_BEZ
missing_VBG
and_CC
the_DT
karate_JJ
kid_NN
ii_CD
)_)
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
auxiliary_JJ
characters_NNS
who_WP
give_VB
the_DT
laserman_NN
its_PP$
unique_JJ
spark_NN
._.
arthur_NP
's_POS
not-so-typical_JJ
jewish_JJ
mother_NN
,_,
ruth_NP
,_,
for_IN
example_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
convinced_VBN
that_CS
a_DT
chinese_JJ
soul_NN
is_BEZ
trapped_VBN
in_IN
her_PP$
jewish_JJ
body_NN
._.
she_PP
has_HVZ
dyed_VBN
her_PP$
red_JJ
hair_NN
black_JJ
,_,
she_PP
takes_VBZ
herbal_JJ
medicine_NN
daily_JJ
,_,
and_CC
she_PP
is_BEZ
perpetually_RB
cooking_NN
up_RP
strange_JJ
delicacies_NNS
,_,
such_DT
as_IN
matzo_???
balls_NNS
in_IN
soy_JJ
sauce--the_NP
ultimate_JJ
fusion_NN
of_IN
jewish_JJ
and_CC
chinese_JJ
cuisine_NN
._.
veteran_NN
stage_NN
actress_NN
joan_NP
copeland_NP
takes_VBZ
the_DT
part_NN
and_CC
runs_VBZ
with_IN
it_PP
,_,
almost_RB
stealing_VBG
the_DT
movie_NN
in_IN
the_DT
process_NN
._.
she_PP
plays_VBZ
ruth_NP
as_IN
a_DT
driven_JJ
woman_NN
,_,
determined_VBN
to_IN
overcome_JJ
her_PP$
genetic_JJ
heritage_NN
by_IN
immersing_VBG
herself_PPX
in_IN
chinese_JJ
culture_NN
._.
arthur_NP
's_POS
girlfriend_NN
janet_NP
(_(
maryann_NP
urbano_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
kooky_JJ
free-spirit_NN
who_WP
would_MD
rather_RB
meditate_NN
than_CS
copulate_JJ
;_;
her_PP
ultimate_JJ
goal_NN
is_BEZ
orgasm_VB
through_IN
zen_NP
meditation_NN
._.
arthur_NP
's_POS
best_JJS
friend_NN
,_,
joey_NP
(_(
tony_NP
leung_NP
)_)
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
small_JJ
time_NN
thief_NN
who_WP
hustles_NNS
everything_PN
from_IN
microwave_NN
ovens_NNS
to_IN
machine_NN
guns_NNS
._.
joey_NP
is_BEZ
married_JJ
to_TO
arthur_NP
's_BEZ
jewish_JJ
sister_NN
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
is_BEZ
also_RB
having_HVG
an_DT
affair_NN
with_IN
a_DT
chinese_JJ
immigrant_JJ
who_NP
works_NN
in_IN
a_DT
whore_NN
house_NN
._.
arthur_NP
's_POS
11-year-old_NN
son_NN
,_,
jimmy_NP
,_,
played_VBD
by_IN
the_DT
amazingly_RB
adorable_JJ
david_NP
chan_NP
,_,
is--horror_NN
of_IN
horrors--bad_NP
at_IN
math_NN
!_!
he_PP
finds_VBZ
it_PP
impossible_JJ
to_TO
meet_VB
his_PP$
father_NN
's_POS
lofty_JJ
expectations_NNS
._.
the_DT
various_JJ
people_NN
in_IN
arthur_NP
's_POS
life_NN
come_VB
together_RB
to_IN
form_NN
a_DT
rich_JJ
tapestry_NN
of_IN
humanity_NN
._.
like_IN
wang_???
's_NNS
earlier_JJR
film_NN
,_,
a_DT
great_JJ
wall_NN
(_(
about_IN
a_DT
san_NP
francisco_NP
family_NN
visiting_VBG
relatives_NNS
in_IN
china_NP
)_)
,_,
the_DT
laserman_NN
revolves_VBZ
around_IN
cultural_JJ
differences_NNS
._.
every_DT
character_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
in_IN
some_DT
way_NN
or_CC
another_DT
,_,
trying_VBG
to_IN
find_NN
his_PP$
identity--struggling_NN
to_IN
negotiate_VB
a_NP
balance_NN
between_IN
his_PP$
native_JJ
culture_NN
and_CC
the_DT
american_JJ
way_NN
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
also_RB
offers_VBZ
a_DT
provocative_JJ
look_NN
at_IN
technology_NN
._.
wang_???
appears_VBZ
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
as_IN
lieutenant_NN
lu_???
,_,
a_DT
detective_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
fed_VBN
up_RP
with_IN
machines_NNS
,_,
even_RB
though_CS
he_PP
relies_VBZ
on_IN
them_PP
to_IN
do_DO
his_PP$
job_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
views_NNS
technology_NN
with_IN
a_DT
wary_JJ
eye_NN
,_,
acknowledging_VBG
its_PP$
necessity_NN
while_CS
at_IN
the_DT
same_DT
time_NN
realizing_VBG
its_PP$
potential_NN
dangers_NNS
._.
wang_???
raises_VBZ
the_DT
time-honored_JJ
question_NN
of_IN
whether_CS
scientists_NNS
should_MD
be_BE
held_VBN
responsible_JJ
for_IN
their_PP$
inventions_NNS
._.
was_BEDZ
einstein_NN
responsible_JJ
for_IN
the_DT
a-bomb_NN
?_?
is_BEZ
arthur_NP
weiss_NP
responsible_JJ
for_IN
his_PP$
lasers_NNS
?_?
the_DT
movie_NN
pits_NNS
spirituality_NN
against_IN
technology_NN
,_,
man_NN
against_IN
machine_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
result_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
draw_NN
._.
according_VBG
to_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
technology_NN
has_HVZ
its_PP$
place_NN
,_,
but_CC
we_PP
must_MD
employ_VB
it_PP
with_IN
great_JJ
forethought_NN
and_CC
caution_NN
._.
ironically_RB
,_,
by_IN
its_PP$
very_RB
nature_NN
,_,
the_DT
laserman_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
triumph_NN
of_IN
technology--the_NP
technology_NN
of_IN
filmmaking_VBG
._.
wang_???
's_BEZ
direction_NN
is_BEZ
exquisite_JJ
,_,
especially_RB
during_IN
the_DT
tense_JJ
finale_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
the_DT
director_NN
frantically_RB
cross-cuts_NNS
between_IN
the_DT
various_JJ
subplots_NNS
,_,
perhaps_RB
in_IN
homage_NN
to_IN
d_NN
._.
w_NN
._.
griffith_NP
._.
cinematographer_NN
ernest_NP
dickerson_NP
,_,
who_WP
has_HVZ
worked_VBN
on_IN
all_PDT
of_IN
spike_NN
lee_NP
's_POS
films_NNS
,_,
gives_VBZ
the_DT
laserman_NN
a_DT
distinctive_JJ
,_,
artistic_JJ
look_NN
._.
mason_NN
daring_JJ
's_POS
score_NN
,_,
which_WDT
includes_VBZ
a_DT
send-up_???
of_IN
bach_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
right_JJ
on_IN
target_NN
._.
the_DT
laserman_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
ambitious_JJ
endeavor_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
to_IN
be_BE
applauded_VBD
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
sometimes_RB
ambitious_JJ
to_IN
a_DT
fault_NN
._.
wang_???
serves_VBZ
up_IN
so_RB
many_DT
slices_NNS
of_IN
life_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
that_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
hard_JJ
to_TO
digest_VB
them_PP
all_PDT
._.
for_IN
instance_NN
,_,
one_CD
character_NN
(_(
arthur_NP
's_POS
sister_NN
)_)
has_HVZ
negligible_JJ
screen_NN
time_NN
,_,
and_CC
consequently_RB
we_PP
just_RB
don't_DO
care_NN
about_IN
her_PP$
marital_JJ
problems_NNS
._.
in_IN
weaving_NN
his_PP$
web_NN
,_,
wang_???
has_HVZ
included_JJ
a_NN
few_DT
too_RB
many_DT
strands_NNS
._.
overall_JJ
,_,
however_RB
,_,
the_DT
laserman_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
charmingly_RB
eclectic_JJ
concoction_NN
._.
on_IN
the_DT
surface_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
light_NN
and_CC
bouncy_JJ
comedy-thriller_NN
,_,
overflowing_VBG
with_IN
whimsical_JJ
humor_NN
and_CC
visual_JJ
style_NN
._.
the_DT
heavier_JJR
issues_NNS
emerge_VB
only_RB
when_CS
you_PP
take_VB
a_DT
deeper_JJR
look_NN
at_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
you_PP
can_MD
ponder_VB
the_DT
moral_JJ
questions_NNS
or_CC
you_PP
can_MD
just_RB
sit_VB
back_RP
and_CC
enjoy_VB
the_DT
absurdity_NN
of_IN
life_NN
in_IN
china_NP
town_NN
._.