Thursday, May 5 2005
While Zhang and Zhang's commentary track emphasizes the sheer effort that went into the film's production -- training, research, special effects work, hours on the set, physical hardships -- it also suggests the good time they shared.
Wednesday, March 23 2005
It occasionally echoes the softer version of Casablanca, another film whose fatalistic interpretation of love is set among war-torn circumstances.
Friday, December 3 2004
While the men's trajectories seem well delineated, Mei's fate and meaning are both more opaque.
Monday, November 29 2004
Hero reimagines history in a way that underlines its tragedy.
Friday, August 27 2004
Had it been released five years ago, Hero's point might have seemed anachronistic, but today, it's hard to ignore its resonance with world events.
Sunday, January 1 1995
Like most sequels, 'Rush Hour 2' does what the first film did, only louder and more extravagantly.
It is Di's (Zang Ziyi) own absolute faith in herself, her determination to endure despite all political or social edicts, that grants 'The Road Home' unusual, and unusually moving, weight.
The film's narrative unfolds slowly -- too slowly at first.
One doesn't need a Kung Fu Cinema background to enjoy 'Crouching Tiger', but it helps in appreciating how the movie builds on -- and arguably surpasses -- that rich cinematic tradition.