Hi folks and welcome to the The Friday Film Club where both myself and Elwood will be highlighting a film which we feel is worth checking out. At the same time we would love to hear your own selections whether you’re choosing to just name them in the comments section or join us in arguing the case for your film on your blog, let us know and we will share it below.
Kim’s Pick – Eternal Love (Short/Music, 2019)
Whether you know Kris Wu from his EXO boy group days or you know him in a more recent appearance as a supporting role in xXx: The Return of Xander or Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets or maybe you even know him from his various Chinese movies or dramas, Eternal Love is his short film video for his 2019 single, obviously of the same name. Kris Wu took a huge part in the creation of this whole thing from being the music producer, writing the lyrics as well as music.
Eternal Love (or its Chinese title, Er San 贰叁, translated Two Three) tells the story of a romance spanning lifetimes over a thousand years of a princess originally arranged in a political marriage to a Northern emperor but falls in love with a general. As they run away from the wedding, she ends up sacrificing herself to protect her lover and they die together. However, the princess’s sacrifice angers the gods and they curse the general and the emperor with immortal life filled with daily heart-wrenching pain at midnight. The only way to rid themselves of the curse is to find the reincarnated princess and win her love again.
There’s a lot to love about this story even if it does sound a lot like the typical Chinese drama set-up even bordering some South Korean drama plot points. The story itself is more than the plot above as a good part of it is what happens afterwards and how it structures itself. Its a movie essentially narrated by its words appearing on screen and the song lyrics but you can understand the idea of it without understanding Chinese. Other than that, its filmed incredibly nice with each scene and the setting with the props and costumes from ancient times to the present day. The effects are actually pretty decent also for something essentially meant to pair a music video. The young actress, Koki does a pretty nice job and of course, Kris Wu is handsome as always and captures the charming general role.
Unlike more movie selections, below is the 16 minute short film:
An out of the ordinary choice for movie selection and this somehow straddles a short film and a music video however, it is a beautifully well done one that I believe needs to be seen.
Elwood’s Pick – Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (2002)
While it might seem like another throwaway parody movie like Meet The Spartans of the numerous (and lesser) spin offs and sequels to Scary Movie and certainly the opening 10 minutes do little to squash these fear with a kung fu baby peeing over the films villain master pain (or Betty as he randomly chooses to call himself). However stick with the film as it soon turns into a clever parody of classic Kung Fu movies.
Overdubbing the kung fu movie Tiger & Crane Fists as well as replacing leading man (and kung fu legend) Jimmy Wang Yu digitally as Steve Oedekerk here pulling multiple duties as both writer, director, producer and star plays the role of the Chosen one to create a whole new movie within the framework of the film as he overdubs characters and adds new elements to great comedic effect.
It’s clear that Oedekerk is a fan of these movies as no frame of the film is seemingly wasted for comedic effect even if he does add a couple of random moments like a kung fu cow and an ending which is well certainly something.
A fun watch for the kung fu fans especially as it plays up many of the genre’s quirks like bad dubbing, while for the uninitiated the quick fire one liners make it none the less enjoyable and a real hidden gem.
So you’ve seen our picks for this week’s double feature but what are your movie watching plans this weekend?
Let us know in the comments section below.