Friday, May 16, 2003

A few weeks ago, I saw a remarkable movie named Once Upon a Time in China.

It’s almost impossible for me to sum up. It’s a martial arts movie, yes. It’s also about the modernization of China. It’s also about guns versus martial arts, technology versus personal skill.

It has its simple villains, yes. But its villainy is historical; things like this happened. It’s simple the same way that life can be simple. And on the other side of that coin, it refuses to be simple-minded; there are good and evil English, and there are good and evil Chinese.

And it’s combined with some of the most incredible martial arts I’ve ever seen. These people fight with ladders.

And I can approve of the hero; he’s a healer, and a martial artist in the sense of someone who trains for the dedication and discipline it provides, not so that he can break other people’s arms. He fights because that’s the only way he can stop this evil.

“Martial arts…cannot win…against…bullets….”


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