Sunday, August 24, 2008

As the Olympic Games Close, a Hamlet Derivative Set in Ancient China Comes to Mind

The Legend of the Black Scorpion. [a.k.a. The Banquet (Ye Yan)]. Dir. Feng Xiaogang. Perf. Zhang Ziyi, Daniel Wu, Zhou Xun, Ge You, Ma Jingwu. 2006. DVD. Dragon Dynasty, 2008.

The Legend of the Black Scorpion was mentioned earlier—and even earlier—in this Microblog's history, but I think it might be the ideal film to watch on the iTouch. It's subtitled, so I can watch it even when earphones would be too obvious—like during faculty meetings.   Just kidding!  Ha, ha!  For the most part!

It's beautifully filmed, demonstrating the clarity of the iTouch. And it's Hamlet-related—but with some very interesting plot variations. It's the Goldberg Variations of Hamlet, in fact, constantly taking us in new and exciting direcitons but never losing the beauty of the original.

Unless I'm convinced otherwise, I'll start that film when I have time.

(I'm operating under the assumption that the "One touch of nature" comment was not a suggestion to watch a version of Troilus and Cressida first.)

Tomorrow, Lear Week at Bardfilm begins!

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