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Old blind musician wanders around the Chinese backwaters with young blind disciple in tow. There is a plot.. old musician believes than when he breaks his 1000th string on his instrument (hence the title) he will see again and there's some quite pretty music and some philosophical fortune-cookie musings but really not enough to keep you glued to the screen for 110 minutes. Quite a good film to take up origami to keep you semi-preoccupied during the slow unfolding. .
KInd of interesting, especially to show how boring hair is nowadays, but I didn't much care fo rthe subject and his strange, elocution-trained voice. The 80's Vidal & Beverley Sassoon TV series, with white teeth & orange tan was a low point.
Filmed like a documentary, watching it is like sitting in a cafe seeing the world go by; If you have patience & pay attention, someting always happens.
Especially around a goat.
I loved the film, but I can equally imagine others being bored silly.
A combination of Tang Dynasty setting, kung fu fighting , detective plot, spontaneously combusting characters and talking reindeer.... what more could you want?
Easy on the eye too.
Excellent ending to an excellent series. I even had a lump in my throat for some of the scenes.... *sniff*. In the future they're going to look back on these times, and when they're not marvelling about our primitive lifestyles, they're going to be wondering how anyone could make eight films back to back without dropping the ball. Lucky us.