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Ying xiong (2002)
Visual masterpiece and quite....dull
Sorry can't help it. The movie IS visual stunning, it's nearly perfect in it's genre, but to me if feels as charismatic as the communist regime in China.
It's a monumental CGI stunt, nothing to do with martial arts at all. Tony Leung is the best actor of the lot, but he as the rest, hasn't got anything interesting to say. It's a movie filled with symbolic, open for interpretation. I don't get a kick out of it.
To me a movie like "Oldboy" is 10 times as powerful as this movie.
See this movie for the spectacular scenery, colors and CGI and show of for friend, by pumping up the volume in some of the fight scenes...great surround sound. That's it!
Stunning and disturbing
I read in another comment, that this film is not better than Fight Club or other American movies. Fight Club was a good film, no doubt, but it did not in any way move or stir me as this Korean movie did. It was solid acting all the way and never in my dreams, would I have been able to guess this disturbing ending.
I can say I've only watched 3 very great films this year and none of those has been American. City of God, Whalerider and Oldboy.
I guess it's true that some US company will buy the rights for this one and remake it into something utter crap...just glad I saw this version first. It's a solid 9'er on the scale.