Gary Lau
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Blog: Thursday, Dec 13



I had to calm down before writing this because this film left me pretty emotional.  Just like "Lust, Caution", it didn't leave me with a happy feeling.  In fact, it left me really depressed.  Director Peter Chan Hor-Sun made this movie just right.  An epic tragedy in huge proportions, from beginning to end.  The film starts off in a warzone where Pang Qing-Yun (Jet Li) wakes up in a huge land-filled pile of corpses.  We then followed him as he walks into a village where he falls unconscious in front of a woman.  He then wakes up to confess that his army of 1,600 soldiers have all died into battle after more than half of them had left the battlefield.  Well, you get the picture.  There is never really a happy moment except for the scenes where they are in the heat of the battle together.  

Despite the sad mood throughout the movie, this movie is, for the most part, excellent.  It is not your expected chop-socky kung fu flick at all.  In fact, Jet Li doesn't really have alot of one-on-one fights in the movie.  Even if there were, they weren't very long either.  Where this movie satisfies is the fact that director Peter Chan managed to fit in a good amount of dramatics in a war epic.  We actually see Jet Li and Andy Lau cry their hearts out.  We see Takeshi Kaneshiro and Xu Jinglei cry for a bit.  But Jet Li and Andy Lau's crying scenes were the most impressive display of acting range in this film.  Particularly with Jet Li because I doubt anyone has ever seen him cry in complete despair.  Emotional range in Jet Li was an absolute welcome sight especially for a film like this.  However, it's unfortunate that Xu Jinglei's scenes seemed rare and few.  Her character's affairs seemed more subtle than ever.  I would still recommend this movie.  This must be seen on the big screen!

about 12 years ago 0 likes  7 comments  0 shares
Bleupluie 89 sono
agreeable...this movie must be seen on a big screen...though i haven't seen it, but an epic like this must have a huge screen for viewing pleasure...
about 12 years ago
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Wow......... i guess i'll have to wait until it on DVD
about 12 years ago
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Lucky Gary!!!!!!! :D
about 12 years ago
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Gary, xie xie! Can hardly wait to see it now, even though I don't like bloody battle scenes!
about 12 years ago
Tinlunlau 06 tinlunlau
I loved the scene where Jet Li swung the &quot;gwan-dao&quot; around and chopped off the feet of like 6-7 soldiers. hahaha!
about 12 years ago
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i'm not a big &quot;blood/ war&quot; fan... so i might pass on this one!
about 12 years ago
Bleupluie 89 sono
FINALLY WATCHED IT!! on New Year's Day...what a bloody way to start off a new year... i enjoyed the battle in 舒城...the sight of real 重重包圍...震撼啊!
about 12 years ago


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