Here is the second trailer (containing more details about the narrative of Bruce Lee's martial arts master, Ip Man); the tagline for this is, "In martial arts, there is no right or wrong, only the last man standing." It's important that this Chinese film takes place between China and Hong Kong because of their different histories (Hong Kong was under British rule for nearly an eternity, and is now considered one of the "most free" markets in the world (free from government regulation, contra China's communist government and centrally dictated market).
I'm confident you recognize the beautiful, talented Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Jet Li's Hero, House Of Daggers) who plays Gong Er in The Grandmaster. Her character challenges Ip Man to regain her family's honor, so she's a character of vengeance (however, she's probably also a character with whom the audience is meant to identify with because she is so famous and easily recognized). Here is the first trailer, with more "visual information" of how the film will communicate to us via body language, speed, color, and directed attention (like when we are having our attention directed on drops of water rather than a human; tradition tells us that an audience would rather be connecting with the humans on screen, however, this film [and there are certainly many, many others that do that as well] doesn't provide us with the option of "human interaction" for various moments, but forces us to consider the water):
How can we not be intrigued by this amazing choreography and filming? The film took ten years to film because of the director's perfectionism (and a couple of other films about the same man were released during this time frame); sadly, the film is being burdened by a reputation of a disjointed story line not making any sense. Because this is a Chinese film, the narrative offered is, quite simply, a version of how the Chinese want to see themselves (the way Tony Stark of Iron Man represents a vision of how Americans want to see themselves). The Grandmaster opens this weekend; it was supposed to open in my theater, however, it is not now, but perhaps it will make its way here; in any case, if you are a fan of films like Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, this will probably make your day. Opening next week is a drama most serious,...
A government working with terrorists, as we saw in Zero Dark Thirty, isn't anything new; however, in the atmosphere of Obama's Fast and Furious guns scandal and evidence of 20,000 US missiles being stolen last year, and Ambassador Chris Stevens being sent to Benghazi as part of an agreement to arm Syrian rebels (the Muslim Brotherhood), a film such as Closed Circuit could do the same as pro-socialist/anti-capitalist films we have been seeing: plant an idea in the mind of the audience that something is plausible so, when it happens (a government attacking its own people) we aren't incredulous to it, but can see a "pattern" of behavior and cover-ups.
Again, this weekend, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones opens and I'm looking forward to it. I am nearly done with the post for Elysium (I'm sorry, it's just hard writing about a film and focusing on it when you know all the energy went into making the film comes from hatred for you, and you had to pay to see the film) and I will be getting in to see Lee Daniel's The Butler this week; how did it do? It's legitimate to consider it an "indie film" as it doesn't have a major distributor; opening with just under $25 million this weekned, it nearly made back its entire $25 million budget in the opening weekend, so I think it has to be considered a financial success (whereas bigger films with bigger budgets from bigger studios didn't fare as well in their money ratios). Without having seen the film, of course, any or several actors could be up for Oscars so it's probably one to see, eventually. Eat Your Art Out, The Fine Art Diner
|Clary (Lily Collins) holds back an army of darkness and death, the ultimate shadows.|