i'm on a "martial arts movies from around the world" kick right now. this one involves brazilian capoeira and takes place in the early 20th century. there's some fun, mythic storytelling and a frankness about racism that rivals "django unchained," minus the irony. as a straightforward actioner, it's not crafted for a broad "international" market, which is nice. too often, it skimps out on the fight scenes though.