Top positive review
A marvelous expression / Interpretation of Hamlet - concerned with the ideological aspect of Shakespeares work
on June 7, 2017
A marvelous expression / Interpretation of Hamlet within the culture of China - concerned with the ideological aspect of Shakespeare and not a word for word translation. Artfully scripted by Gangjian Qiu and directed by Feng Xiaogang (look these guys up if you don't know their work. They put out many worthy works) the movie is a beautiful wedding of Greek, English and Chinese elements. Staged in a theatrical style the presentation is executed at once in a limited view (the stage) and expansive as the stage often explodes in action with players floating around and one time they enter the scene floating on bamboo tree tops as seen in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. They also display three dimensional movement by floating in and out of view and fighting / flying to the various levels of a multidimensional structure built on a beautiful set.The incorporation of Greek flavor is accommodated by Greek style mask worn by the players in some beautifully executed performance. Their contribution to the films artistry and imaginative makeup is wonderful. The acrobatics performance of the wushu players is done with a visual grace and refinement throughout that should please any fan of wushu theater.
The director displays remarkable restraint in maintaining an even, steady purposeful pace throughout the production. I've read that some consider the pace slow at times! I sometimes found the films pace a challenge to my will and my ability to hold my emotions in check so I did not race ahead of the presentation. This excertion of self control created a level of suspense and tension between the film and myself that I very much appreciated as it forced me to match the pace of my emotions with what I saw unfolding before me. A wonderful experience as I was able to see and appreciate the refinement of the players brilliance. Every moment is well done and should be appreciated for the quality on display throughout. For example; I enjoyed the performance of the masked players as so well done I found myself completely drawn into their visually artistic and, I thought, ingenious performances.
Singing is an important component in the Chinese traditional theater. The singing in this interpretation is wonderful. Teeg Geer has a vocal ability capable of summoning the spiritual expression of any soul listening to his wonderful interpretation of the play. Of course, this is Shakespeare, and lust and ambition drive several characters to the conclusion which is a who done it killing. You will be well rewarded for the scant price of this blue ray. You may even find yourself watching it several times finding new gems with each viewing, ENJOY