A classic Shaw Brothers movie about an Emperor who recruits a team of assassins to use a new deadly weapon - a flying guillotine that can take a man's head off at a 100 yards!! One man, Ma Teng discovers treachery and greed amongst the team so he escapes only for the Emperor to order the team to take him out. Whilst on the run, Ma starts a new life with his wife and baby son but how long can he hide before somebody finds out where he lives?
One of the most famous Shaw Brothers movie which went on to have a couple of sequels.This isn't your typical kung-fu movie, it's more like a horror with some kung-fu overtones. There's an atmosphere of dread in the storyline as once the flying guillotine is locked in on it's unfortunate victim there's basically no escape. This movie pays more attention to plot, character interaction, and drama than your usual old-school HK movie. The violence level is high, although there isnâ(TM)t that much blood. Tons of people are beheaded, and usually all we see is the corpse flopping around afterwards, legs kicking spasmodically. Itâ(TM)s pure camp fun. The acting is quite good and it's an exciting movie. I definitely loved it.
The first in the Samurai Trilogy is a brilliant tale of a wild peasant orphan who after some trials and tribulations gets to become a samurai. A great storyline and beautiful cinematography add up to make a fantastic movie. Roll on Part 2!
I have to say that this movie engaged me completely. I could feel deeply for all the characters. Of course if you want a plot, action and a resolution you won't find it here. But there is room for many different kinds of movies for different tastes. It was not so much a story as a picture of a family having to cope with the aftermath of the tragic death of their wife/mother. Any neat resolution would have been unrealistic. The fact that it showed domestic scenes was the whole point really. Everyday life has to go on, despite the pain of loss. The city of Genoa, with its maze of alleys and slightly threatening feel, as well as its beauty, was a perfect backdrop, to a family emotionally adrift and lost, trying to find a way through their loss to some kind of normal life.I thought all the actors did a marvellous job, and were totally convincing in the way they related to each other and reacted to their situation. This was a perfect role for Colin Firth. He is able to convey so much emotionally, with great restraint and delicacy of touch. I can see why people might find thismovie boring but for me this was not the case. If you are interested in human relations, particularly family relations and grief, this is well worth seeing.