My first Tsui Hark film. One of the most visually creative films ever made. Just plain gorgeous. Also the narrative is mythic and poetic in ways that other films are too insincere to try. It is ardent and whimsical in its storytelling and it is infectious to watch. Pure imagination is what is on display here.
Probably I stepped away from some of Tsui Hark figurative details, even though i continue to admire him as formalist, although already with some reservations to the extreme exposure of his abilities. But in fact, although a connection to a certain Chinese theatricality, the kitsch sequentially and consequently sought and realized ends up to be tiring - apart from the horrendous music. A scenographic infatuation.
Some of the most stunning colors, set design, and camerawork, but at the same time it has that dreadful third world digital transfer lag, and I stopped paying attention to the story about 2 minutes in. Its a visual experience that requires a bit of additional imagination. Probably better on mute as well.