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Chinese movies, wuxia, etc.

I would like to recommend Jet Li's latest and last fighting film, Fearless. There are some elements that leave you hanging, but overall I enjoyed it. The IMDB description: This film tells the story of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia (1869-1910). Huo Yuanjia was the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.

Fearless is more interesting and personal than that description makes it sound. It's in Chinese and subtitled, which is fine with me. I've decided I prefer subtitles over dubbing, especially after watching Hero. Hero is another good movie starring Jet Li, loosely based on real events leading to the unification of China. If you watch the dubbed version, you'll miss a significant moment at the end of why China is named China. Besides, I want to hear how the names are said in the language. It's just a personal idiosyncrasy of mine.

I guess Cliff and I have made it a point to watch these Chinese imports in the theatre. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was pretty popular, but we also went to see Iron Monkey (forgettable), Hero (beautiful cinematography, great fighting, good story), House of Flying Daggers (beautiful cinematography, great fighting, but DRAAAGS) and now, Fearless. Despite seeing all these films, I've only recently learned the term "wuxia", which is the genre of the aformentioned films. Wuxia is mixing honor and martial arts. The honorable warrior.

Partially because of these films, I've really gotten to appreciate fight choreography. I enjoy the Matrix trilogy partially for the fighting and music. Jackie Chan is another reason. Many of his films are rather silly, but his stunts and choreography are amazing. I highly recommend Drunken Master if you want to watch a genuinely sweet, hilarious film with kiss-ass fighting. Actually, his mah-jong gambling step-mother is the funniest character in the movie. The movie is worth it just for her!

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