"Malcolm in the Middle"

"Kono kuni wa mada, hontô no hero wo shiranai [Japan] ("
A series of Rashomon-like flashback accounts shape the story of how one man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.
Jet Li Nameless
Tony Leung Chiu Wai Broken Sword
Maggie Cheung Flying Snow
Ziyi Zhang Moon
Daoming Chen King of Qin
Donnie Yen Sky
Liu Zhong Yuan Scholar
Zheng Tia Yong Old Servant
Yan Qin Prime Minister
Chang Xiao Yang General
Zhang Ya Kun Commander
Ma Wen Hua Head Eunuch
Jin Ming Eunuch
Xu Kuang Hua Pianist
Wang Shou Xin Musician
Hei Zi Qin Guard #1
Cao Hua Qin Guard #2
Li Lei Qin Guard #3
Xia Bin Qin Guard #4
Peng Qiang Qin Guard #5
Liu Jie Qin Guard #6
Zhang Yi Qin Guard #7
James Hong King of Qin (English dubbed version) (voice)
Emil Lin Nameless (English dubbed version)
Angela Oh Moon (English dubbed version)
Elizabeth Sung Flying Snow (English dubbed version)
Producer: William Kong,Yimou Zhang
Writer: Feng Li,Bin Wang
Haunting beauty and provocative message
Hero is noteworthy on at least two counts.

First, there are scenes of haunting beauty("Duel in the yellow forest" and "Turquoise autumn" to site a couple) that, like the best of impressionist paintings, are so affecting that you will forever see the world in a slightly different way having once beheld them.

Secondly, the overall message of the film is a provocative one. The claim is that a degree of human casualties and suffering may be the optimal path to a better world, especially when the alternative is equally brutal chaos. This is not a popular theme. It has become much more fashionable to be anti-war in all cases. And understandably so, since variations of this logic have often been used in the past to justify atrocities. But the film provides a crisp litmus test for avoiding delusion: action be taken with a heart void of malice and an unwavering commitment to the broadest possible ultimate outcome of good for all. Can anyone live up to this standard? Several characters in the movie do, each in their own way. If the standard could be met, would the world be a better place? These are questions worth reflecting on that have not been dealt with, to this depth, in any film I'm aware of.

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Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 8.0
Musician: Tan Dun
Running time: 107 min (extended version) / China
Subtitles: Svenska
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Last modified: 2008-01-02 23:46:57