Peter, I was in Chicago and lucky enough to be staying in a Hotel across the street from Lowe's Cineplex. I couldn't wait to see this movie on that huge screen. It is all that it is said to be. The plotline is wonderful and filled with the "strategy within the strategy within the strategy" or "bridge beyond the fog" elements. A minor correction to my dear friend Ferrara's comments. The story is from book written in the 30's. The director liked it because it reminded him of the stories he had read as a child. And, of course, these are based on the old fables of the Chinese people. When Peter says this is some of the most stunning photography you will ever see, he exaggerates not one bit. The martial arts sequences are simply some of the most complex choreography I have ever witnessed. The costumes were amazing. The customs were faithfully recreated.
One word about waiting for the video. While I will certainly by the DVD of this the first minute it is available, I would STRONGLY suggest you see this on the big screen. One reason is too simply catch the grandeur of it all. But an equally important reason deals with the subtitles. You are going to want to pay attention to the faces during the dialogue in order to get the intensity and to see the wonderful expressiveness of these talented actors. (And gazing on Michelle Yeoh's beautiful face isn't a bad gig either) Trying to read subtitles on a small screen and still see the subtleties (sp?) can be trying. I will see this film again and again.
Some ending, eh Peter?