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...]

Memoirs of a Geisha Gets a Dream-Team Cast

Steven Spielberg has given up on directing an adaptation of the exquisite bestseller Memoirs of a Geisha, now that he's busy with what is reportedly the most expensive film in history ... War of the Worlds.But the movie's moving forward anyway, and now Rob Marshall (Chicago) is in charge. That probably means it'll be colorful, but does Marshall have the subtlety and poetry necessary to make this anything other than a broad-stroke, commerical opera? (No, I don't mean that literally... it's … [Read more...]


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