Last night we rented the Chinese movie Hero. What a breathtakingly stunning film. Every frame is beautiful, the coreography of the fight scenes is precise and clear, the costumes are gorgeous, the scenery is amazing, and the story is poetic.
It takes a few minutes to get used to the subtitles, but soon the reading helps to deepen the effect of the film. There are alot of lingering camera shots on the faces of the actors, but this only serves to draw the viewer into the action and mood of the scene. I felt totally imersed in the movie as I watched, the film enveloping me as the flowing robes and falling leaves envelope the characters. For me, watching this film was like reading a really good poem.