Christian to play a Christian?

Zhang Yimou has become quite an unpredictable, interesting director in recent years. He established himself with lush, dramatic, even operatic historical pieces, and more recently reinvented himself as a master of colorful, elaborately choreographed martial arts dramas like Hero and House of Flying Daggers. Along the way, there was the quiet, poetic epic The Road Home. And most recently, he baffled everybody by remaking the Coen Brothers' crime-story classic Blood Simple.What's next? He and … [Read more...]

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

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[This review was originally published at Christianity Today in December 2004.] -For the second time this year, American audiences are being treated to a martial arts epic by the acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou. But where Hero was a perfect title for a movie about a courageous warrior's quest for vengeance, the title of the new film, House of Flying Daggers, is misleading. In Japan, it is more appropriately titledThe Lovers. Daggers is a more colorful choice, but The Lovers correctly … [Read more...]

House of Flying Daggers: Don’t Miss It!

Film critics are beginning to groan about this being an interesting but less-than-satisfying year for movies. I've got to agree. Usually, the Oscar season reveals a handful of movies that are worth revisiting time and time again. This year, there's been one disappointment after another, with only a scattered few titles worthy of multiple viewings. And most of those are still significantly flawed.Usually, there's at least one film that has me shouting from the rooftops at the end of the year. … [Read more...]

Hero (2002)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today.-The Grand Canyon. The Northern Lights. Van Gogh's sunflowers. We've all been stricken speechless by vivid displays of color. For me, there's the Georgia O'Keefe museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the shimmering metallic blue of Pacific Ocean waves at twilight; the day I discovered first-hand that ladybugs sometimes hibernate on mountaintops, clustered together in masses, blood red against white snow (hard to believe, but … [Read more...]


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