I’ve always been a fan of foreign films and totally bought into the hype before the release of this film. I wasn’t disappointed and the fact that I don’t even remember which country I was in when I watched it, let alone the town, shows you how it was all about the film itself for me. Two of the main actors were familiar already, Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-fat and I had always been impressed by their gravitas. I loved everything about the film, the music, the costumes, the pace, the storylines, the characters, everything. Zhang Ziyi was the new comer and perfectly cast as a young noblewoman with a secret double life and about to be married off.
The formalities of tea drinking.Dolled up and coveting a sword. Walls have ears.Thief.Prepare to duel! These scenes must surely be among the most unique in cinema. I found them realistic and balletic in equal measure. No weapon was spared. Steely teen determination and bloody mindedness typical the world over and timeless it seems.Duel in the bamboo trees. I’ve loved the more traditional Chinese films where they fly around and fight without getting their long skirts, hair and sleeves caught. It was simply magical and there was one film I loved in particular called ‘Chinese Ghost Story’ and used to plague my Chinese friends about it. They told me it’s one of many with that title since these films originate from the same legend or folklore. No long trailing skirts or sleeves here, just extra big pyjamas.She really wants that sword! Love born out of long and mutual respect. She’s still fighting. First love, nothing could be more powerful.More perfect.Or more impossible. The moment he realises his loss.Her loss happened over several hours. These are some of the most touching scenes in film and never fail to move me to tears no matter how many times I watch them.
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