I was sitting at my computer, wanting to catch up on some blogging, when my dh calls from the other room: "Honey -- I think you might want to watch this movie!" Not wanting to pass up time with my beloved, and knowing that HE knows my taste in movies, I stopped what I was doing and went into the living room.
I am SO glad I did.
We just watched the movie HERO.
Let me state for the record that I am not a "martial arts movie" sort of person. Not even close. But in this instance, it just doesn't matter. This is, hands down, one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. I wish I had had the opportunity to see it on the "big screen," because I'm sure it would have blown me away. The cinematography is just stunning.
It was truly that good.
Turns out it was directed by Zhang Yimou, who also directed (another Chez Ouiz favorite) RAISE THE RED LANTERN.
Now, usually when we watch a Chinese film, we find that the visuals are stunning, the plot is fairly decent to just so-so, and someone, somewhere, at some time in the movie, decides to regale us with Chinese opera (that is truly scary stuff!)
HERO, however, had everything going for it -- beautiful film, good plot, and NO Chinese opera!!
Many thanks to my beloved dh for bringing home a great film!