Pretty Village, Pretty Flame

It's hard to make a great war movie. Most of them fall into melodramatic clichés as they try to capture the suffering of men on the battlefield- a doomed proposition to begin with. How can a 2 hour movie ever hope to compare with that kind of reality? The smart ones take alternate routes- like … Continue reading Pretty Village, Pretty Flame

Hong ying tao (Red Cherry)

China's most popular film in 1995, Red Cherry is a fascinating film for Westerners simply because it looks at World War II from the Communist point of view. Americans seem to forget that Russia and China were both our Allies, that they both suffered greater casualties (both civilian and military) than anyone (especially more than … Continue reading Hong ying tao (Red Cherry)