The movie Confucius is obviously based on the historical person of the same name, founder of the philosophical movement of Confucianism. Personally, I know a little about Confucianism but really less than I’d like to. Therefore, this movie appeals to someone like me. However, I must admit, beyond a simple Wikipedia search, I don’t really know how much of the movie is autobiographically accurate and how many liberties were taken. Based on my meager prior knowledge and the wiki-gods, the movie seems to draw on true events and stories. I’m sure others will disagree. Having said all that, I really learned a lot.
Shaolin is a story about warlords during early twentieth century China, their relationship with the Shaolin Buddhist temple, and its resident kung-fu monks. The movie’s title, “Shaolin”, is an overly generic name to describe a simple story. I went into this expecting almost a historical account of all things Shaolin. Nope. It’s just a completely fictional story.
When a movie crosses one’s path with Jet Li in a starring role, it’s difficult to imagine anything but a cool action kung fu movie. Don’t get me wrong. While this movie is packed with demon-fighting action, it is really a love story.
Tai Chi Zero is part 1 of a two part movie, the next being “Tai Chi Hero”. These movies are a very VERY loose story interpretation of the famous kung fu tai chi master, Yang Lu-chan, founder of Yang style tai chi chuan.
Kamui Gaiden is the story of a rogue ninja, Kamui, and his journeys as he is relentlessly hunted by the assassin clan he deserted.