Hero (英雄) Director: Zhang Yimou Written: Feng Li, Bin Wang, Zhang Yimou Country: China, Hong Kong Year: 2002 “Hero” on Amazon. Movie “Hero” is yet another cinematic re-imagination of The First Emperor of China, the King of Qin, Qin Shihuangdi. … Continue reading

Peter Chan, Wai Man Yip “The Warlords” poster

The Warlords

The Warlords (投名狀) Director: Peter Chan, Wai Man Yip Written: Chun Tin-nam, Guo Jun-li Country: Hong Kong, China Year: 2007 “The Warlords” on Amazon. Lately China’s mainstream cinema has been all about retelling historical events through visually beautiful action films. … Continue reading

Takeshi Kitano "Zatoichi" poster


Zatoichi (座頭市) Director: Takeshi Kitano Written: Takeshi Kitano Country: Japan Year: 2003 “Zatoichi” on Amazon. There are already many films and TV series about the blind masseur, gambler and swordsman, Zatoichi, a fictional character created by Kan Shimozawa (Source: Wikipedia). … Continue reading