Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.
Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood, who asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.
Set during China's Three Kingdom's era (AD 220-280). The story of a great king and his people, who will be expelled from their homeland and will aspire to claim it. The king, violent and ambitious, of mysterious methods and motives; his general, a visionary who yearns to win the final battle but needs to prepare his plans in secret; the women of the palace, who struggle to find redemption in a world where they have no place; and a commoner called "Lord of all the world", will be the characters around who turn the inexorable forces of this story.Written by
Aesthetically, this is one of the most artful films I've ever seen. Each shot is gorgeously crafted; the costumes, the set pieces, the battle sequences.
If only the plot hadn't worn away at the positives. One or two ending twists is fine, but they shoved in so many redirections at the end, trying desperately to outmaneuver the audience, that the film devolves into indiscernible ridiculousness. I had high hopes for this one, and it could have lived up to them given the artful qualities, but it unfortunately fell short.
Still worth a watch, but don't expect a storytelling masterpiece.
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