It is so 'artistry' to watch European movies with English Sub-titles, but when it comes to Chinese Movie with same form, it become hard to understand and follow? It makes me laugh by watching foreign movies mouth matching with Spoken English, it simple lost the touch.
This is a fine making movie with beautiful scene, good acting, lavish costume based on a great story line. They make this kind of movie by using only 10% cost in compare with other Hollywood movie. We all know, all the money goes to big name actors whom we'd supported to their heavenly life.
Breath taking imagery and excellent action. At least as good as Crouching Tiger
Would have been much better in English. We are after all in a english speaking country, that being said, not bad p[lot, a few twists, had to give up about 1/2 way cause I was getting headache trying to read quick subtitles and watch the story.
Fun 'detective' twist on a classic imperial intrigue-style Chinese cinema tale. Fire turtles' effects - and of course Andy Lau as detective dee - were best points.
Very hard to read subtitles and an odd plot. Great action though. You could switch off the story, ignore the reading and just watch and it was okay.
This came with glowing reviews but was a little disappointing. Much of the blame lies with the clunky translations for the subtitles ("coronated" anyone?!) which made for slow reading. Why can't the subtitles be all place in the black band at the bottom of the screen so you aren't trying to read yellow against white some of the time? And as is increasingly case with the new wave of Chinese cinema, the none too subtle political message at the end grates, ("it doesn't matter that you are a scheming murderous sociopath, Empress Wu, aka 'the party', society needs to be 'held together' and the means justify the ends). I guess we've had the same guff from Hollywood for decades, but it still needs to be pointed out for what it is; propaganda.
Not a big fan of this genre but I have to say this one is a corker, with a good storyline to boot. Usually subtitles don't bother me but because it was quite an involved plot, you needed to concentrate on the words rather than the film, which really also deserved your full attention. Fantastic FX and photography and generally a top notch job.
Far and away above the usual norm for CG-driven Chinese cinema!