A Big H Hollywood movie that not only respects, but also really loves the Chinese martial arts movies to which it is so indebted? That is about family and lineage and modernity and growth and also fun as hell? Fight (not battle) scenes with exhilarating choreography, shot well, not edited to death? Of course I loved it.
While undeniably beautiful, this film left a bad taste in my mouth. Samsara is a series of images, cut together in fairly rapid succession, taking the viewer on a “global” tour of the “cultures of the world”. Some images are meant to be purely aesthetically beautiful (which they are), some images are meant to be confrontational. But as these are just images, without context, and in the absence of any explicit narrative, the meaning comes from montage, and I did…
I'm breaking my rule and not reviewing both times I watched this film.
I watched this on Friday night, and thought it was alright - some great fights, but nothing really stood out.
But I knew I was missing something, and I immediately turned on the commentary, which I finished the next day. The DVD commentary is by Ric Meyers, author of Great Martial Arts Movies and a friend of Jackie Chan, and Jeff Yang, author of several books including…