“It’s marvelous to be a little man.”
This is a good film. It’s a Jackie Chan film but not a fighty one. Yes, there’s fighting but not in a manic way and, strangely, there’s a lot of seriously good acting. The production is to a massively high standard and you forget that it’s not western. Perhaps that’s a bit patranising but you know what I mean.
The situations are practical and based on a small man’s world view so there’s not much effects, just a character. Plot is simple but fits everything about the story and Jackie’s acting is wonderful. To be frank, it’s a film I think I’ve been waiting for him to make; powerful, grounded, well produced, good actors and more importantly, not Hollywood.
It’s not all about Jackie, the most of other actors, especially Wang, are realistic and interesting to watch. I’ve seen a few Asian movies and sometimes it’s a bit boring seeing the same acting style so it’s good to see individuals making a believable style work amongst the mythologies of the east.
Haven’t watched the second disc extras yet but so far it’s good fun seeing the little ‘gallery’ segments that show enough of the filming process to keep me happy.
Really, watch this. It’s fun, real action, real acting and doesnt have masses of sentimentality.
Watch if on TV?
Yes but it’s awfy long.
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Marry in a big ceremony in Lang Shiang