Four reviews, one piece of news, and counting! Coming up are reviews for the underwhelming Thai action film Chocolate (ช็อคโกแลต) and the blockbuster Manchurian Western from Korea, The Good, The Bad, The Weird (좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈). I’ll give you a hint as to which one I enjoyed more.
If you’re reading this blog and wondering why it’s called “The Best at What They Do” when 2 of 4 reviews have been slightly negative and one totally negative, I guess I need to clarify more. The title of this blog is paraphrased from a quote by Jackie Chan, as found in David Bordwell’s excellent analysis of and guide to Hong Kong cinema Planet Hong Kong: Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment, which reads:
“I used to think that an American action choreographer must be the best in the world or an American director must be the best. But now I know we are the best when it comes to action. They learn from us. If you ask any American director to come and make an action movie our way, they can’t.”
I think Jackie is absolutely on the money. When Asian directors make the most of their film, whatever the genre, the result is exciting and vibrant cinema. But as with any film industry, there are those filmmakers who can’t quite measure up to the top tier directors. So be warned, negative reviews are still to come.