The Realism Of Wire-Fu

Watching Zhang Yimou’s Hero, I was struck by how the woman warrior dies in just the same way as the men. Perhaps, for all its magic realism, wuxia is more grounded than Western entertainment, which tends to treat women as either victims (those annoying idiots who try to run away in high heels) or else invulnerable (the equally annoying paragons whose “grrrrl-power” exempts them from the laws of physiology and physics).

Posted on January 2, 2012 at 10:08 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: CULTURAL ODDS AND ENDS, Odds And Ends, Miscellaneous

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