Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Drummer on DVD

My wife rented (and we just finished watching) The Drummer from Blockbuster and I was pleasantly surprised by the film.  Subtitled but still very engaging, the basic story centers around a young rock drummer (Jaycee Chan) named Sid (yes that's his pronounce name- not the translation) who's father is a heavy handed Hong Kong mob boss. When Sid gets in trouble with one of his fathers rivals, by sleeping with said rivals girlfriend,  Sid's father sends him into hiding in the Taiwanese Mountains. There he stumbles across a troupe of Zen Drummers and quickly becomes intrigued by their serene martial arts  "drumming style." Quite a few plot twists and turns, but the films pace is moderate yet not boring. Very good acting and cinematography.  I can definitely see why The Drummer has won so many festival awards. A worthy rental or purchase.

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