Just watched the movie Hero again, directed by Zhang Yimou. It is possibly the must lush and vibrant cinematography (Director of Photography Christopher Doyle) I have ever seen. Every vista is so delicious it seems like you could reach out and grab a piece.
Is there anything as kinetically beautiful as the confrontation between Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi?
Or how about the ballet-like water battle between Jet Li and Tony Leung?
And then there is the sumptuous and symbolic use of color to represent each iteration of the story.
Sometimes, a movie speaks to you on a very fundamental level. This movie speaks to me differently every time I see it. Today, it was just a wave of awe at the sheer beauty of it all. And I believe Tony Leung and Michelle Cheung are the most radiant and passionate film couple I have ever seen.
If you have not seen this film, please do yourself a favor… and see it with subtitles!