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The Great Wall - Featurettes


Matt Damon talks about the complexities of his character in a short featurette for his latest movie 'The Great Wall'; a film set in China during the Song dynasty which follows William Garin - a young man captured and given to the army at a very young age. Together with his loyal companion Pero Tovar, he fights every battle and they always have each other's back. Pretty soon though, he starts to wonder if there's more to life than just fighting for money. But he'll have to break through more than just the defences of the Chinese army if he wants to find out, because there are supernatural and monstrous forces at work here.

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The Great Wall Trailer


William Garin and Pero Tovar journey it far and distant lands in a bid to find weapons to help them prevail in fierce battles. Their travels take them to China where they approach the heads of one of their most feared armies. William tells the men that they wish to trade but their request falls on deaf ears and the two foreigners are locked up in a cell.

When Garin learns that the soldiers stationed at The Great Wall of China are protecting their land from something much worse than any human army, he decides that he must earn the soldiers trust and join to fight with their cause.

The Great Wall is acting as a barrier between human civilisation and a continually growing number of wild monsters that crawl the land like humongous dragon lizards. Their main aim is to procreate and feed on any other living being that they come across. The army who protect humanity have spent their entire life training in a bid to defeat the monsters but as the four legged creatures grow stronger their mission becomes harder and harder. The fighters and their warriors must use all their force to try overcome the onslaught once and for all. 

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Zhang Yimou's Coming Home Trailer


Lu Yanshi is ripped away from his family and arrested as a political prisoner during China's Cultural Revolution, forced to work in a merciless labour camp. He makes a futile escape attempt in a plan with his daughter Wanyu, but he is soon re-captured and put back to work. Some years later, he is finally freed when the Revolution comes to an end, but he is less than welcomed when he returns home. His wife has suffered an accident which has left her with permanent amnesia and she is unable to recognise her husband upon his return. She shuns Yanshi, and continues to wait for her husband's return, and so he does what he can to jog her memory and convince her that it's him. When that fails, he must find another way to remain close to her - but that may mean abandoning their marriage.

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Hero (2002) Review


Excellent
After political (Raise the Red Lantern), sexy (Ju Dou) and reflective (The Road Home) films, writer-director Zhang Yimou embraces the aerodynamic action of digitally enhanced kung fu swordplay made famous in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The object here is to outdazzle that genre landmark and, perhaps, to outdo it at the box office.

It's probably too late and too familiar a technique to do either, but there's plenty to admire despite those limitations, for which it has already received critical and award level acclaim. At the time of this writing, it is one of the 2002 Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.

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The Great Wall Trailer

The Great Wall Trailer

Matt Damon talks about the complexities of his character in a short featurette for his...

The Great Wall Trailer

The Great Wall Trailer

William Garin and Pero Tovar journey it far and distant lands in a bid to...

Zhang Yimou's Coming Home Trailer

Zhang Yimou's Coming Home Trailer

Lu Yanshi is ripped away from his family and arrested as a political prisoner during...

Hero (2002) Movie Review

Hero (2002) Movie Review

After political (Raise the Red Lantern), sexy (Ju Dou) and reflective (The Road Home) films,...

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