Peking Opera Blues
Directed by Tsui Hark
Maybe I am getting stupider in my old age, but I had a bit of trouble understanding this one. I still had fun with it for the most part, but can I give an accurate plot summary? It remains to be seen.
While Sun Yat-Sen attempts to create a democratic republic in China, warlords fight for power. Okay, I got that far from my Asian history minor. Now I am flying by the seat of my pants. During a warlord's siege of Peking, a soldier catches a young woman stealing a jewelry box. Most of the action after that takes place around an opera house.
Wow that sucked. I hope I am never called to the stand as a witness after that display. I don't know why I was so confused. I think it was because all the major characters kept dressing up and I couldn't get anyone straight. I do know that the action scenes were fantastic and the costumes were beautiful to look at. Maybe I will try it again with a notepad, a translator, and a chart.
Tsui Hark said the film was a satire on the "Chinese ignorance of democracy."