A good film, with stunning cinematography
. However, if you are expecting to see a martial arts
film, be warned: this is a fantasy
with martial arts elements. The acting is incredible when you consider that they were using an extinct
form of Mandarin Chinese
(at least according to the Boston Phoenix
) which is like a foreign language
to them. Imagine Nicholas Cage
trying to do a movie using Middle English
and I think you get a rough correlation.
Shunryu Suzuki used to tell a relevant story. One disciple bragged to another (they had different teachers) that his teacher could do all sorts of supernatural things. The second disciple replied that his teacher could do even more amazing things. The first disciple challenged him to name them, and he said: "When my teacher eats, he eats. When he sleeps, he sleeps."