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Wo hu cang long (2000)
From the view of a Chinese: old and tiresome
As a Chinese (made in Taiwan), I have to say I was surprised and disappointed by reaction of the Western world.
You might want to know, this film did not do well in Asia market. Why? Simply because we've seen too many similar movies or TV programs. I know it must seem fresh to see Chinese dressed in weird costume fighting while flying around. I can see the special "flying" technique by which Americans were amazed on my TV screen everyday. I knew it was done by strings since I was in grade school. It's like shoot-outs in western movies. It's tiresome.
The reaction generated by this film made me feel like the people in the States still thinks China is an ancient and mysterious place. You think all the Chinese movie stars are like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan , or Chow Yun Fat. Over the years, there were several films describing parts of modern Chinese society, for example, "Eat Drink, Man, Woman" and "Pushing Hands." There are not as exciting as "Crouching Tiger," but they will give you more insight to the modern Chinese world.
By the way, unlike Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, who are strictly ku-fung actors, Chow Yun Fat often stars in comedy or drama films.
Rose Red (2002)
good thriller, but there are some holes...
Yes, it is a very good thriller. It's very exciting and the special effects are excellent. But like most thrillers, sometimes the plot doesn't make sense.
First of all, it does not explain the connection between Rose Red and Annie. I was very disappointed. Second, if I were one of the psychics, and I knew we were there to "wake up" the spirits of Rose Red, which had killed many people, I would be very afraid for my own life. Also, the professor is very familiar with the history of Rose Red, how come she never worries about the safety of the group?