The Taking of Tiger Mountain (Zhì qu weihu shan, 2014)

Tsui Hark’s latest cinematic spectacular is based on an episode in Qu Bo’s 1957 novel, Tracks in a Snowy Forest, as filtered through the Peking Opera called Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy. Grady Hendrix’s review of Tsui’s film has a … Continue reading

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka, 1988)

I’d long heard that this movie was a punch in the gut, and it certainly lived up to its reputation. Director Isao Takahata is a co-founder of Studio Ghibli, along with Hiyao Miyazaki, and Grave of the Fireflies is utterly … Continue reading

Noah’s Ark (1928)

Noah’s Ark was Michael Curtiz’s first big Hollywood film, and it certainly is epic. Modeled on Griffith’s Intolerance (1916) and DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1923), it parallels a modern story of love and war with a spectacular biblical myth. This … Continue reading