So, apropos of nothing, if you're interested in the Chinese wuxia genre, but hate old movies just BECAUSE, I commend to you "Shadow", the gorgeous 2018 take by Zhang Yimou that employs the best of the genre while avoiding the, umm, less-accessible bits
And while I'm at it: the best modern samurai film I've seen (& I've seen a LOT of samurai films) must be "13 Assassins", which whiplashes from serene idiomatic exchanges to horrific/imaginative/bloody battle. Magnificent madness in this Takeshi Miike redo
Try to watch the domestic version which has a supernatural element that gets downplayed in the international release
Both "Shadow" and "13 Assassins" are quite similar in that they have long and quiet starts that might frustrate an unfamiliar action fan. But the payoff for the patient is incredible in both. I'm surprised neither got the international recognition they deserved

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