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Sounds absolutely lovely and worth checking out. The joy of foreign films is how decidedly different they are from Hollywood productions. I went through this period of seeking films out like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers, Kung Fu Hustle. Even with the violent nature of these films, it is more about the choreography of the battles, more dancing than blood. 180 degrees different than say the newest Quentin Tarantino bloodbath in theaters now.

But this film seems like one of so many foreign films I've stumbled upon, beautiful, odd, and unexpected.

Thank, Stu Ha, autocorrect changed Stu to Stupid. Glad I caught that. More when I'm not on the phone.


Does this at all involve magical realism?

There's a movie I talked about here a few years back, I think called Hero (or Heroes?), by the same guy who did Crouching Tiger, which is one of the most visually beautiful things I've ever seen.

Hero - he also directed House of Flying Daggers, but not CTHD, that was Ang Lee.

Funny, last week I watched a different film called Bird People (and over at my blog Mac and I were talking about Cat People). There must be something going around.

The Bird People I saw, by the way, was pretty good. A French film.

Craig, I found that while I was looking for this one and watched it a few months ago. I think pretty good is a good description. It was very strange, but I liked it.

Bird People DID employ magical realism but I'm not saying about BPiC.


I liked it too, except that I really despised one of the main characters. (You know who.) I wanted him to get his comeuppance. As such, the last scene really didn't sit well with me.

"Hero - he also directed House of Flying Daggers"

Yeah, that's Zhang Yimou. He also did Raise the Red Lantern, The Road Home , and Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, fine films all.

Craig. Yes.


Thanks for the correction, Rob and Stu. I thought they might be different directors but was too lazy to check. I've seen those other Yimou films and they are indeed all fine. But Hero is the one that sticks out to me as the most sheerly beautiful. I need to see it again.

I loved Raise the Red Lantern. I should check out the others.

Another very good one of Zhang's is To Live, the story of the life and struggles of one Chinese family from the period of the Chinese Civil War in the 1940s through the Cultural Revolution and into the 60s.

That certainly is an interesting premise.

I don't know if you know about this (perhaps Netflix subscribers have had to suffer the advertising for months already), but I just found out that there is a sequel to Crouching Tiger coming out within the week, entitled Sword of Destiny. (Story here.)

It's a sequel in that it's based on a later novel in the series, but it's not an Ang Lee film. It does have Michelle Yeoh in it. I might have to resubscribe to Netflix. Maybe not until after Lent though.

Netflix says "Coming February 26". I hardly remember Crouching Tiger--maybe I need to see it again first.

The new Zhang Yimou film is coming out in the fall. It's called The Great Wall, and is a Chinese/American co-production, with both American and Chinese actors. Wikipedia describes it as an "epic historical sci-fi fantasy" or something.

Sounds intriguing.

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