In the echo chamber of domestic filmmaking you hear certain names as being the top filmmakers (usually associated with Oscar nominations and commercial success). Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood and the like are the usual suspects.
There is no denying their work, but you won’t see on that list the name of director Gordon Chan. Indie filmmakers should really start taking a good hard look at his work and add films such as Painted Skin, Mural, The Medallion and Fist of Legend as films to study for style, technique and, well, “slickness;” call it filmmaking competency … visual expertise.
His latest, The Four, will be coming home as DVD and Blu-ray product offerings from Well Go U.S.A. on Apr. 9.
Kinetic, visually exciting and loaded with action is how one can best describe this “riff” on the X-Men, The Fantastic Four and The Avengers … only with period characters (from the Song Dynasty — about a 1,000 years ago), court intrigues, rival clandestine police organizations, deadly violence, a rumored army of the undead and sex. And this is just the first installment in a planned trilogy!
Bonus goodies include deleted scenes and a making-of featurette. In Cantonese with English subtitles.
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