Bud Spencer initially asked the producers if he could be credited under his real name (Carlo Pedersoli), due to the film's more serious tone compared to the titles he was most commonly associated with. He reconsidered after being told that his presence would boost the film's box office prospects. See more »
Artistic Triumph by Ermanno Olmi.. Watch it to believe it
Arthouse adaptation of "The Widow Ching, Lady Pirate" by Jorge Luis Borges (24 Aug 1899-14 June 1986) that blends Peter Greenaway and Yimou Zhang. This Chinese folktale partially plays out in a brothel and captures the journey of Chinese piratess Ching who is regarded as the most feared corsair of the Chinese coast until a fateful battle with the new emperor. Bud Spencer plays the captain in the service of Ching, who is also the narrator. The film displays superb cinematography that, even years later, still stand as great wonders. The 18th century is reconstructed on the coasts of Montenegro and it is a work of ingenious craftsmanship that packs in a whole lot of visual splendour. It is also a fascinating blend of adventure, comedy, romance which is cleverly narrated cinema that paints an interesting portrait of the piratess. It brims with an energetic & creative vibe which keeps the story refreshing throughout its runtime. The set and the production design is top notch, Kudos for the stellar especially the designed ships. The use of colour palette is quite splendid and the expertly staged camera angles & movements make its story all the more captivating. Even the Costumes are pretty much in tune with the depicted timeline, and the work in make-up department is no slouch either. Coming to the performances, the movie features a Powerhouse of performances. The supporting cast manage to leave their mark, one way or another. Bud Spencer makes the narrator completely his own for it's his added inputs only which gives his character a unique look & edge over the others, and there isn't one scene where he isn't the show-stealer. Highly recommend to Arthouse fans, this will be a cinematic experience and a feast to the heart and mind.
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