Friday, 10 August 2007

Terracotta Warrior (1990)

English title: Terracotta Warrior.

Terracotta Warrior (1990)This isn't a sequel to The Emperor and the Assassin above. Far from it. Very very very very far. BUT, chronologically, the story follows The Empror and the Assassin, where the First Emperor of China is still in the process of swallowing the remaining 2 kingdoms. In this movie, it starts with the Qin Emperor already unifies China, and set his sight on his next conquest - immortality.

Well, the chronology only applies to the 1st part of the movie. After swallowing the immortality pill, the General, played by Zhang Yimou, woke up some 2200+ years later in the Roaring 1930s. This begins the 2nd part of the movie. If you can swallow the idea of the immortality pill (no harder to suspense your disbelief than time travel), then you could get into the 2nd part of the movie just fine.

One can imagine there will be hilarious situations for an ancient man to live among the 20th century world. There're a few jokes to viewers who are familiar to wuxia or Chinese period dramas. Otherwise, you won't know what's 'that' all about. Once you get into it, it could be quite fun to watch.

Zhang Yimou directed a few dozen of movies, but appeared only in 4. For Gong Li, she had played roles from Chinese villager to Japanese geisha, but never a shanghai starlet bimbo. It's an eye opener.

If you like A Chinese Ghost Story, you're likely to like this movie too because both of these movies are produced by Hark Tsui, and directed by Ching Sui-tong. And it's about a guy falling in love with a dead woman in a different form.

It's terrible that both in the movie as well as in the IMDB summary description that the Qin dynasty occurred 3000 years ago. It's 3rd century BC. Not 3000 years ago! This is a blunder of HISTORICAL proportion.

Another thing with this and MANY wuxia movies, why do the sounds of swords have to be so loud? The sounds of swords so loud, it split my head. Half the volume would be more than adequate. Why do they have to deafen us? I think my advice would fall on the deaf ears of the sound technicians/engineers. Of course, it would. They're obviously hard of hearing (from hearing too much loud sword fights for too long).

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