THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN 3D
Directed by Tsui Hark
Official Selection, 2015 Hong Kong International Film Festival
There are movie bandits, and then there are Tsui Hark bandits. The former make for grand political espionage, as they do in this post-war tale. The latter are devious, flamboyant rabble-rousers, baddies named Hawk and have the nose to match.
With Tsui at the cockpit, THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN 3D flies headfirst into glorious b-film territory, where adaptations of the classics come by way of CGI tigers fighting CGI horses, and set-pieces skiing down hills and hanging off planes. Good guys wear bad masks to infiltrate places called Tiger Mountain, and heroes fling themselves through fiery snow because they don’t just need to win, they demand immortality. The political maneuvering is intricate and death-defying, as is Tsui’s action direction, so brimming with virtuosity it demands two endings. –Brian Hu
Producer: Huang Jianxin, Yu Dong
Writer: Qu Bo
Actor: Zhang Hanyu, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Lin Gengxin