Warlords stars Jet Li, Andy Lau, and Takeshi Kaneshiro in this story of love, loyalties, war and politics. Jet Li is a general who pretends he is dead to survive a battle. His entire army has been slaughtered. He wanders aimlessly and when he collapses finds himself saved by a woman. She disappears after a night with him and haunts him the rest of the movie. He comes across some bandits, Lau and Kaneshiro, who raid for food to feed their starving band. When Kaneshiro tries to steal Li’s leggings, he finds himself mismatched in the fight and invites Li to join them. They eventually get led into some battles for the empress by Li who convinces the bandits that having a cause and following rules is a much better destiny. But he himself is flawed, tempted by a the politicians who promise him a return to power, and by the women, who wife to his sworn blood brother Lau. The movie as some of the grandiose scenes like the movie Hero. The story is somewhat Shakespearean. The fight scenes are not overdone IMO. I will rate this move 3/5 acorns.
Poppoya is a very slow moving Japanese movie about a man who’s whole life revolves around his job as a station master. He is at one of those stations at the end of the line that are no longer profitable. The town mine has closed and many days no one gets off the train. His friends and adopted son try to convince him to move away and try something different, but he knows no other life. The movie flashes back to the events of his life…saving his friends life, the birth and death of his only child, the adoption of a vagrant’s son, the death of his wife. I will rate this one 2/5 acorns. It is very slow. It has a ghost in it so that helped a little.
Gone Baby Gone is directed by Ben Affleck and stars his younger brother Casey. It’s intriguing tale of a private detective who gets involved in the case of missing child. The police are involved but the grandmother of the missing child feels he may be able to get some inside clues as he is a hometown boy. What he finds and how things go took me by surprise. The Affleck’s have done a great job on this project. I will rate it 4/5 acorns.