Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: September 3, 2004
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M(ichael)B.Feb 10, 2005
Sure, Director He Ping borrows liberally from John Ford, Howard Hwks, Akira Kurosawa, and Steven Spielberb, but the setting, the mostly barren middle stretch of the Silk Road, is magnificent. The story is rather predictable, but done with Sure, Director He Ping borrows liberally from John Ford, Howard Hwks, Akira Kurosawa, and Steven Spielberb, but the setting, the mostly barren middle stretch of the Silk Road, is magnificent. The story is rather predictable, but done with great style, except the ending, which feels truncated. I was fascinated by the political subtext: the crime of "Lie the Butcher" is essentially the same as that of Zhao Ziyang (the recently deceased former head of the Communist Party who became an outcast when he opposed the massacre in Tien An Min Square), yet, after many years, Li manages to demonstrate his loyalty and his worth. Expand
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