Monday, December 12, 2016

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a great love letter to King Hu. This film takes so much from King Hu’s trademark style that it’s hard to deny the impact that King Hu had on many filmmakers. It is true statement that filmmakers borrow their styles from those who came before them. I think it is very interesting to see where famous filmmakers got their influences and the fact you can see them all over their movies. For example, one man that seems to be a huge King Hu fan is Quentin Tarantino. Previous stated in blogs before, Quentin himself is a film connoisseur. But there is another ode to King Hu that Quentin has made. Another filmmaker that definitely used King Hu’s style inadvertently adapted from a graphic novel by a graphic novelist that was also inspired by King Hu. Robert Rodriguez’s adaptation of Sin City by Frank Miller has King Hu all over it. One of the asian characters seems to have been ripped directly from King Hu’s work. Also this week, we got to actually meet Cheng Pei Pei, a living legend in Chinese cinema. She was sweet and super generous to give us time to ask her questions. She has led a very interesting and fascinating life and her success is extraordinary and inspiring. To be that humble and that well known is very rare nowadays and I think a lot of people can learn from her example.

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