Sunday, October 03, 2004

Is the Sword the Only Answer?

No, that's not a retort aimed at the Bush administration (though it could be). It's a question raised at the climax of Hero (Ying Xiong).

I finally saw Hero tonight and have to say it's one of the most visually arresting flicks I've ever seen. Several scenes were simply stunning. Of course, with Christoper Doyle (Wong Kar-Wai's long-time collaborator) at the helm as cinematographer, you can't go wrong.

Also, though there's a lot of heavily stylized fighting in the movie (a la Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), there's little or no graphic violence--certainly not the rivers of blood you'd see in a Quentin Tarantino movie. In fact, Hero looks like Bambi compared to Kill Bill. Maybe Mr. T will make a movie himself one day that focuses more on beauty and revels less in viscera.

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