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a different perspective on war
Watched at Picturehouse. A good movie about moral, survival, war, etc.
Too bad not much people appreciate it. Only 5 person in the cinema.
After a couple of misfires, the Hollywood enhanced Warriors Of Heaven And Earth and Hong Kong digression Sweet Revenge, He Ping is back in fine style with period piece Wheat. Structured in near chamber play fashion and with a classical, almost Aeschylean, grip on the tragedy of the drama, Wheat carries a powerful anti-war message without concessions to heroism or Chinese neo-patriotism. Self-confessed Western fan He playfully sprinkles his movie with some great Sergio Leone moments, supervised by cinematographer Zhao Xiao-Shi who really knows how to make use of the gorgeous geographic locations. With such an odd couple as main protagonists one could easily imagine Wheat turning into a comedy, but thanks to He's assured direction the drama thankfully never tips over in that direction.
it's mixed with a little comedy but overall, it tries too hard to be artistic.. the plot is simple and slightly draggy..
Great photographic skills, but lack deeper meanings.
its performance is like the stage drama. the story is very simple, but also transmitted woman's strength and metaphorical desire. artistic designing of the movie is not bad. Fan Bing Bing is very beautiful in this movie.
Quite Depressing I must say. The scenes and images are stunning but beyond that... it's not as gut wrenching as the Dark Knight but near there.
Watched @ Tokyo International Film Festival 2009. Too far from what I was expecting and too incomplete in many ways. Theme itself is very interesting, for it describes a war not from soldiers' viewpoints but from women left in the castle. It deals with war without featuring bloody violence. However, the direction by Ping He is still as if he is directing an action film with a large scale, and all the characters in the film are not developed and analyzed deeply enough. Guy characters are all shallow, and the dumb guy character is even annoying seriously. Although the heroin's character is stereotypical, Bingbing Fan gives a great and powerful performance. Use of music is quite interesting, but editing sometimes is confusing. The fatal weakness of this film is boring story.