Boxer Rebellion

Boxer Rebellion ★★★½

Sprawling anti colonialist epic from Chang Cheh. The first half struggles some to keep track of all the forces around the rebellion, but it pays off in the more focused back half centered around Cheh’s pet themes of brotherhood, heroism, sacrifice and nation. Lau Kar Leung did the choreography. The images have a tactile forceful power. It is one of Cheh’s most ambitious films but for a long time it was only known in a heavy censured version as it turns out making anti colonialist epics is a problem when you are a colony.

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