The final chapter of our Seattle Film Festival shenanigans ends with the chinese buddy picture known as Little Big Soldier starring Jackie Chan. The only foreign language film we saw, which we were obviously drawn to because of the Chan man. Known as the Buster Keaton of Kung Fu cinema, Jackie completely delivers with plenty of charm and style in this humorous and even thrilling period piece.
Before I jump in let me paint a picture of our exploit, as I often do. So we (Sean, Colin and I) saw this one at some Regal theater in Seattle. It was one of those fancy shmancy two story theaters that seemed like a surprising venue for a SIFF film. Going in it was the same old SIFF routine. An organizer talks about voting for your favorite film before the film starts and yadda yadda, whatever. I guess none of this important but I’m trying to follow the format of the other SIFF reviews, so just bare with me.
So yeah the film, “Little Big Soldier” either a nod to the film Little Big Man or a fragmented translation? I don’t know but it seems to sum up the film quite well. Jackie plays a Liang soldier during the Chinese warring states period. A simple farmer with little interest in fighting, he’ll often fake being dead to avoid conflict. Though shit gets real when encountering a Wei General (played by Wang Lee-Horn whom Wikipedia describes as “An American-Singer Songwriter”) in a moment of weakness. One thing leads to another and the General then becomes the farmer’s hostage. Planning to turn him into Liang forces for a reward hilarity and action ensue on their journey. Really that’s just a brief summarization of the premise as there’s so much going on here and it truly is a beautifully acted film with some excellent stunt work.
As a matter of fact it’s definitely one of the best films I’ve seen of 2010 thus far and it’s a must see for Chan fans. Anyhow I’ve lost the will to write so I’ll wrap it up here. “SIFF 2010” an intriguing experience that I’d like to follow again sometime. It’s tough finding the right films to see but I’d say it’s a venture worth taking, so that’s my two cents see ya around the blog-o-sphere.