One of the things I love, when I realize it, is seeing how those who have been involved on one side of movie making transition to the other side. In this case it’s Peter Pau, cinematographer for films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Killer and even 2007’s Shoot ‘Em Up. Pau is double teaming this directorial effort with Tianyu Zhao and the results, at the very least, look wildly impressive. If movies are a commodity that are meant to entice and beguile with their artistry you can do no better than feast your eyes on this orgasm of color and flourish. I haven’t a damn clue what is going on here and the synopsis does me no favors:
Legendary Chinese anti-hero Zhong Kui, a young man endowed with mysterious powers who is forced into a battle among the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell in the course of his attempt to save his countrymen and the woman he loves.
Sounds like any other film of this ilk with its preponderance of the other-worldly but what makes this such a catch is how fluid it all works. Trailers are about tempo and style and efficiency so what we have here is an equal balance of all these things working in concert. While the actual contribution to the storytelling portion of things is next to absent, there’s still an undeniable charm to a movie filled with colors and movements that promise to deliver a feast to eyes hungry for something fantastic.