When the Iron Bird Flies: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West

When the Iron Bird Flies: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West

WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES takes us on an up-close and personal journey, exploring the complex interactions between contemporary Tibetan Buddhism and western culture. The film goes in-depth ...

WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES takes us on an up-close and personal journey, exploring the complex interactions between contemporary Tibetan Buddhism and western culture. The film goes in-depth ... . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki

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Sarah C (fr) wrote: Gripping story line with amazing work by Glenn Close. My heart goes out to Mr. Nobbs throughout the whole movie, but its a story that must be told.

Ethan H (us) wrote: Nicely Acted and Photographed.

Joshua A (it) wrote: Powerful and poignant.

Orlok W (ca) wrote: Brazil on a smaller budget--A fantastic bittersweet satire!!

Philip N (au) wrote: So imagine a combination of these films water world, star wars 1-3, the time machine remake, gladiator, chronicles of riddick, prince of persia, flash Gordon, Aladdin and cowboys and aliens. You now have John Carter, but with a lack of a story that you can understand. Good on Disney for trying something completely different and out of their comfort zone.

Alec M (br) wrote: what did you expect from a movie with Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson as comedic leads

Brian M (it) wrote: [font=Arial][b]HAPPY TIMES (2002)[/b][/font][font=Arial][/font] [font=Arial]"Happy Times" masquerades as a comedy, but cannot travel very far before turning dark and inadvertently shedding light onto the many societal woes facing the world's most populous communist regime. The first 10 minutes are entertainingly quirky and comedic, but the story quickly descends deeper and deeper into a tragic despair from which the characters and their audience never escape. Without exaggeration, the moral of this story is "things are horrible but they're only going to get worse, so suck it up." [/font][font=Arial][/font] [font=Arial]Putting the icing on the cake, the story is sprinkled with pro-China propaganda, courtesy of the People's Republic of China's Ministry of Culture, as discussed below.[/font][font=Arial][/font] [font=Arial]The story starts with our hero, Zhao, who, in an effort to court the affections of an obese, abusive woman, lies and says that he is the owner of a hotel called "Happy Times." The hero is likeable enough, and this dynamic of watching him bend over backwards in pursuit of this Godzilla woman, even going so far as to fabricate a story that even he must know will ultimately unravel, would be confusing to Westerners without knowing more. The insight here is that girls have been heavily disfavored among parents in this Communist regime, and since their government prohibits a couple from having more than one child, many parents will abort their baby girls (not wanting to miss their chance to have a boy), thereby creating a national woman shortage literally in the tens of millions. This is not discussed in the movie. [/font][font=Arial][/font] [font=Arial]Zhao does later goes on to create a "Happy Times" hotel, but it resembles a section of Los Angeles' Skid Row. "Happy Times" hotel rents by the hour to married couples. BY THE HOUR TO MARRIED COUPLES. The hotel rents to married couples because China's State Family Planning Commission and the Ministry of Health wouldn't have it any other way; I suppose that an alternative explaination would be that it merely reveals the country's problems of inadequate urban housing, but everything is perfect in China, so that can't be it.[/font][font=Arial][/font] [font=Arial]Godzilla woman has a blind step daughter who she abuses in every way named Wu Ying. Godzilla woman persuades Zhao to give Wu Ying a job at his hotel. Zhao hires Wu Ying as a full-time masseuse; it is not clear what Wu Ying's exact age is, but this job would probably be illegal in the United States because of child labor laws.[/font][font=Arial][/font] [font=Arial]So "Happy Times" hotel is at this point towed (that's right... towed), leaving Zhao without a hotel, so his friends create an elaborate rouse to trick Wu Ying into thinking that she is a masseuse at an expensive hotel by having her work in an empty warehouse and paying her with paper cut into the shape of currency. Remember, she is blind. I suppose that this could be regarded as comedic, except that we feel sorry for Wu Ying as she saves her fake money, massaging fake customers, to pay for a hypothetical operation to restore her sight. Wu Ying also expresses that she hopes that the money could be used to bring her father back from a remote province, though she doesn't know where he is or how to find him and she hasn't heard from him or seen him in years and, for all we know, has been dead or incarcerated as a political prisoner since he first "left".[/font][font=Arial][/font] [font=Arial]In one scene, Zhao, Wu Ying, and Zhao's friend are at a table discussing the hypothetical operation to restore Wu Ying's sight. Zhao says that once the money is saved, they will find the best doctor in all of Bejing to operate. Wu Ying says that if that doctor can't do it, they'll find the best doctor in China to operate. Zhao counters that if no one in China can do it, they'll even go to America if they have to. "No, no, no," the friend interjects, "the best doctors are right here in China." Zhao and Wu Ying agree. Nice propaganda. We'll get a look at a Chinese Intensive Care Unit by the end of the film.[/font][font=Arial][/font] [font=Arial]In one scene, Zhao cannot afford to buy ice cream. Ice cream in China is considered a luxury that the average incomed person will seldom or never enjoy. Even if the best doctors were in China, at least we have ice cream.[/font][font=Arial][/font] [font=Arial]This is the point in the film where everything completely falls apart for our hero. Godzilla woman marries another man and tells Zhao that he's stuck with Wu Ying. Zhao gets into a horrific traffic accident that leaves him in a coma, prognosis unclear, and lying disfigured in a tiny room while hooked up to a bunch of machines that look like they were purchased from the Soviet Union in World War II. My dog's veterinarian has better facilities and technology than this hospital does. [/font][font=Arial][/font] [font=Arial]We learn that, ironically, Wu Ying was already aware that the job was a farce. Just before the traffic accident, she wrote a letter to Zhao thanking him for her fake job because he went through so much trouble on her behalf. Of course, it was actually to win the affections of Godzilla woman, but whatever. Wu Ying leaves town before the accident, and Zhao never sees the letter.[/font][font=Arial][/font] [font=Arial]Wu Ying has no money, of course, no job, no family, no home, no prospects, no support system, and is completely blind and on the street in an urban jungle. Her father once told her that life brings terrible events, but you just have to keep going; so that's what she's going to do... just keep going. Sure, she's probably not going to eat that night; if she's lucky, she'll end up being exploited in a sweat shop instead of working as a prostitute or dead in a gutter. But heck, you just have to keep going. Frankly, the movie offers plenty of reasons why you wouldn't want to keep going, but you apparently just do it because you're told to. [/font][font=Arial][/font] [font=Arial]If you ignore the propaganda, the script is well drafted. The story line is mediocre to good. But this is not a comedy... it is a drama characterized by hopelessness and despair.[/font]

Ashley H (mx) wrote: Powder is an excellent film. It is about a young bald albino boy with unique powers who shakes up the rural community he lives in. Sean Patrick Flanery and Mary Steenburgen give amazing performances. The script is well written. Victor Salva did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. Powder is a must see.

Daijobu D (jp) wrote: probably the best film from JUZO ITAMI since TAMPOPO... this film kicks off the great ONNA series that would end with ITAMI getting into trouble with the Yakuza, as he was serious injured and his family threatened after MINBO NO ONNA depicted Yakuza's as buffoons and not anti-heroes. Similar to TAMPOPO, ITAMI's Mrs, NOBUKO MIYAMOTO stars as the quirky heroine whose spectacular performance inspired later characters in films such as FARGO (Frances McDormand), and even as recent as the could-have-been-better Felix Chong/Alan Mak LADY COP, POPPA CROOK.

Niklas J (jp) wrote: Might not be a good film, but it has its charms.

Adam R (gb) wrote: (First and only viewing - 8/7/2012)

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