If you think the box art looks cool then you have NO idea of what you are in for with this Chinese historical drama. It is one of the most amazing movies I have seen in any language with an unbelievably gorgeous visual style. Imagine 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' set in the Emperor of China's palace within the walls of the 'Forbidden City'.
I won't tell you anything about the story except to say that it revolves around the five members of the royal family - the Emperor, his wife and his three sons. You get drama, betrayal, cruelty, heartbreak, and death - everything you need for an enjoyable evening of viewing.
Remember the Olympics in Beijing? The opening ceremonies? Multiply that by a faction of ten when you think of what possible battle sequences the filmmakers could come up with. They are mythic and unlike anything you have seen in western cinema.
I love these kinds of films out of China. If you like this one then I recommend the aforementioned 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' and add to the list - 'Red Cliffs', 'Hero', and 'House of Flying Daggers'
The movies is subtitled in English but that shouldn't turn you away. You will be paying so much attention to the screen that you will not miss a single thing that is spoken even if the spoken language is Chinese.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.