"Warriors of Heaven and Earth"
Directed by He Ping
Chinese epic of war, camaraderie, and honor operates in the tradition of
Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and was a trying labor of love for
director He Ping. Ostensibly a western set in the Gobi Desert, the film
follows the adventures of a Japanese swordsman who seeks to earn his
ticket home by killing a ruthless renegade soldier. Stunning visuals and a
colorful mish-mash of genre elements bring He Ping's vision to life.
Chinese/Mandarin with English subtitles. 119 minutes.