- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: December 9, 2008
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Zeitgeist Films
Packaging: Keep Case
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.66
- Dolby Digital - French, English
- Subtitles - English SDH - Optional
Additional Release Material:
- Additional Footage - Never Before Seen On Set Footage
- Additional Audo Material - Audio Essay - Olivier Assayas, Director;
- Jean-Michel Frodon, Critic
- Audio Commentary - Olivier Assayas, Director; Jean-Michel Frodon, Critic
- Featurette - MAN YUK: A PORTRAIT OF MAGGIE CHEUNG -1997
- Trailer - Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 03/27/1998
"...Every breathtaking frame celebrates what movies can do....Rewind it immediately and watch it again..." -- Rating: A
Variety - 05/20/1996
"...Richard's naturalness is a constant pleasure, and graceful beauty Cheung is compelling..."
Film Comment - 11/01/1996
"...A deliciously knowing comedy about the insanity of shooting a film....What keeps the satire fun is its furious pace..."
New York Times - 04/30/1997
"...Mr. Léaud is slyly good..."
Los Angeles Times - 05/16/1997
"...Assayas displays an intimate, informal style and a sharp sense of proportion that allows him to have some fun....IRMA VEP is as effortless as a shrug and boasts a film buff's dream cast..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 06/13/1997
"...Spilling over with virtuosity, impetuous energy and post-pop cool..."
Uncut - 05/01/2008
5 stars out of 5 -- "Assayas sets a brisk pace, but while it feels light-hearted, his movie about movies has a dark undertow."
Total Film - 06/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "[The director] has fun with all the references and in-jokes..."
Wall Street Journal - 07/02/2010
"The matchless Maggie Cheung plays a version of herself -- a Hong Kong martial-arts star who speaks no French -- in Olivier Assayas's marvelous French-language film about the perils of filmmaking..."
Hong Kong diva Cheung stars as herself, having been cast on a director's whim as the slinky, cat-burgling heroine of a remake of the vintage French serial "Les Vampires." Once in Paris, Cheung encounters countless culture clashes, as well as set-related mishaps that echo Truffaut's charming "Day for Night."
Description by Zeitgeist Films Ltd.:
Hong Kong action diva Maggie Cheung (Ashes of Time Redux, In the Mood for Love) plays herself in Olivier Assayas' spiky satire of the French film industry. After seeing her in Johnny To's Heroic Trio, past-his-prime director René Vidal (New Wave legend Jean-Pierre Léaud) impetuously casts Cheung as the lead in his remake of the silent classic Les Vampires. Unable to speak a word of French, Cheung tries to navigate the disorganized production while clad in a head-to-toe rubber catsuit and receiving cryptic direction from Vidal. Things only get crazier as she juggles a lovesick bisexual costumer (Nathalie Richard), a gossipy executive's wife (Bulle Ogier) and the whole backbiting crew. With freewheeling shots choreographed to the strains of Sonic Youth and Luna, IRMA VEP immerses the viewer into the heady desperation and l'amour fou of modern moviemaking. Zeitgeist Films celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a sparkling new DVD release of this supercool comic gem