His country torn asunder by civil war, Zhao Zilong, a common man heeds the call of duty and from the humblest of roots rises through the ranks on wings of courage and cunning to command an ... See full summary »
It's a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on "The Assassination of Ma," a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about ... See full summary »
In this sequel to Red Cliff, first minister Cao Cao convinces Emperor Han to initiate a battle against the two Kingdoms of Xu and Wu, who have become allied forces, against all expectations... See full summary »
Tony Chiu Wai Leung,
A loose adaptation of Hamlet, "The Night Banquet" is set in an empire in chaos. The Emperor, the Empress, the Crown Prince, the Minister and the General all have their own enemies they would like to finish off at a night banquet.
Set right before the fall of Thailand's old capital, Ayuttaya, Bang Rajan draws on the legend of a village of fighters who bravely fended off the Burmese armies. With no support from the ... See full summary »
In 1375, China was in chaos between Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. Coryo (an ancient kingdom of Korea then) sent a delegation of many diplomats, soldiers and a silent slave to make peace with the new Chinese government. However, this delegation got charged as spies and sent in exile to a remote desert. On the way the group came across a Yuan troop, and the Coryo soldiers managed to survive the battle. They began the journey toward the faraway home country, where they met the Yuan troop again. When they found out the Yuan troop kidnapped a Ming princess, they decided to rescue her so that they could get a ship to go home. Then the battle began... Written by
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I stumbled into this one by accident thinking it was "Hero", the 2002 oscar nominee also starring Zhang Ziyi. The region 2 (Korean & French audio 5.1) looked good so I rented it... For you consideration, ladies and gentlemen at the Academy Awards. Perhaps not for best director or picture it is true, but nowhere during the last year have I seen a film with such striking yet low-key effects and such a layered action film. For all its desire to entertain, Musa is a sweeping epic indeed. The plot seems inspired by "Seven Samurai" in many places, but with a thread original enough to offer surprises, not least of which are: 1) The characters (some flawed some god-like, but all very human, and a great villain, if indeed he can be called that), 2) Photography... and editing and production design. This is Gladiator-style effects transposed to medieval China with added gritt. The themes also evolve interestingly throughout. The way all characters struggle with their conceptions of honour and how honour in itself turns out to be a cruel and ironic trap to those who cling to it: the only fault our heroes commit to start with is to remain loyal to their mission, and then to their moral views, which brings them more pain than gain. This also gains in texture with repeated viewings, and though it may not quite be Kurosawa, it is a triumph in its own right and procures that unqualifiable delight at watching a film and knowing exactly where all the money went, because it is all up there on screen, and for once, equally shared, performances included. Something you have got to see. For your consideration, ladies and gentlemen: "Musa".
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