A woman, a gun and a noodle shop, it got the coolest title yes indeed. But wow, I’ve never had so much trouble reviewing a movie
I really don’t have the exact words to describe this movie, not anywhere as good as Hero or House of Flying daggers but woah it was artistic! Actually at second thoughts I think it must be either the worst movie in the genre or the most suspenseful detective ever made. I still haven’t figured it out and I’ve seen it a year ago already. I really need to hear other people’s opinion about this, I think I could talk about this a whole evening.
I bought this film on blu-ray with like, the last forty bucks I had to my name last summer and — I think at least— it’s unbelievably gorgeous. Zhang Yimou’s made his name with colour and lighting so it’s just derivative to say, “Oh pretty cinematography!” I am wickedly impressed with what he did with the original story, though, absolutely breathed life and love into it.
I don’t think you can directly compare it to his wuxia films, though, it’s… not quite in that field. There’s no idealised hero (everyone’s fairly cowardly and weak) and the values are totally obscured by just what the hell these people are dealing with. It’s crazy! I love it but I totally understand how other’s don’t, yeah?