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Master Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai directed this lyrical, dream-like martial arts epic. A famously troubled shoot, the film took two years and 40 million dollars to produce (a shocking sum for a national cinema populated with low-budget quickies) and features a virtual who's-who of the Hong Kong film world. Conceived as a prequel to the popular martial arts novel The Eagle-Shooting Hero by Jin Yong, the movie is less a straightforward action thriller than a visually striking meditation on memory and love. It nominally ...


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Mar 16, 2009

Kung Fu

This is a complex story that is not easily summarized. For the first time viewer, it would be well to suspend judgement until the tale has had a chance to "settle in." More than one viewing in probably a good idea. Then go on the the recently released "Ashes of Time Redux."

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