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Life of Pi (2012)
Beautiful and visceral
This film was thought-provoking and kind of makes one go away and question themselves. I find it hard to put something down in words because I can't describe the feeling it gave me, except I was filled with wonder throughout the film and a certain sadness when I left it. I do remember my mind churning when Pi was talking about his views in life. I sometimes argued with him in my mind and sometimes agreed... so I guess there was some self-discovery going on in there. At the end,you kind of want to go back and watch it again for pointers to what was really going on...but no more spoilers... I guess some people will just think this is visual junk while others will actually get something from it. So do go watch the film and discover it for yourselves, you might be surprised.
Chen mo de gu niang (1994)
Definitely make you cringe.
Basically, a violent and disturbing film. A psychopathic killer is on the lose. A couple of girls get murdered and raped. Our main character sets out on a quest to catch the murderer for personal reasons. As the genre suggests, it's a horror. And believe me, it's a horror. What the killer does is not nice. This film should really be rated R since there's implications of sodomy and sadism. Though I can't say this is a lousy film, but the humorous parts just ruin the whole seriousness of the film which is really a pity. Takeshiro Kaneshi (the Japanese hunk) makes a surprise appearance in the film as the doctor.
Ying xiong (2002)
A feast for the eyes!
Reading the comments there seems to be many people who believe this movie is a money-ripper. However, if they read Chinese history about Emperor QIN he did in fact unite the seven kingdoms into China and rightly named himself the first Emperor of China (the one who built the terracotta figures and the Great Wall of China). History records that the emperor allows no one to approach him without his consent, and that he sleeps in a different bedroom every night just to dodge assassins.
Because there were so many assassination attempts, it is easy to incorporate this story into history (albeit a biased one - since the Emperor QIN was in every aspect a tyrant). Chen Dao Ming (Emperor QIN) is one of the finest actors in China and it is a pity that he played this role since he could convey a whole series of emotions just from his eyes. Therefore, it was fictitious that the movie suggested the Emperor felt a great sadness at the end. He could not have, he was never noted for having any emotions.
As for the rest of the characters. Jet Li, Maggie Cheung etc. I don't care much for their acting but people should note that in Chinese Kung-Fu novels all swordsmen of some talent had an air of coolness about them.
It is interesting to note that all locations were filmed in China. And the lake with it's different colored scenes - I heard that they had to be there at specific times. As for the much-loved maple leaf scene. That's real and not a prop. The leaves in that little forest all turn red at the exact time and it happens only once a year so the movie had to wait for it, I guess. Personally I loved the cinemagraphic side of the movie and I can't wait for the DVD to come out so I can gorge myself again.
Sheng shi chuan shuo (2000)
Finally the movie version!
This is just a movie version for a long-standing series in Taiwan. It's the national pride over there since the puppeteering techniques were passed from father-to-son. And like father-to-son all the voices you hear are done by the puppeteer. The main character and his side-kick are old characters. As is his arch-rival (don't know how to pronounce his name but he's easily distinguishable since he's the puppet with the best looks).
In the movie all the sets are made in proportion to the puppets whereas on TV all you see is the back-drop and a stage so this movie is definitely worth seeing if you're into this kind of stuff.