Monday, 22 June 2009

Eyecandy Monday

A slight change of pace for today's Eyecanday Monday, while I go into raptures about Takeshi Kaneshiro. No, I'm not mysteriously channelling Madelynne Ellis - though of course she got there long before me. What happened was that last week I went to see Red Cliff, the new John Woo movie, and I was much taken by the character of Zhuge Liang. Red Cliff is a terrific war movie (based on historic events) which we all enjoyed greatly and I totally recommend - if you're the sort of person who thought The Two Towers was pretty cool but really needed more battle scenes, then Red Cliff is the movie for you - but in the middle of all those macho warriors was the pivotal character of Zhuge Liang, who isn't a fighter but a strategist, Taoist geek and legendary smartarse. When he pulled off the "borrowing arrows" move I thought it so clever I fell in lurv.

Here, btw, is the same character (complete with crane-feather fan) as envisaged in comic form, from a computer game. He's pretty damn famous in China and Japan. And phwoar!


Anyway, it turns out the actor, Takeshi Kaneshiro, was actually one I noticed a while back when in the dawn of time I posted this picture from House of Flying Daggers to Lust Bites.

And in Asia he's a mega-star. Here he is looking young and purty:


Here he is looking Matrix:

Dig those lips!
And here he is with long hair again. I am happy. I will even forgive the moustache.

9 comments:

Nikki Magennis said...

Ooh, lovely. You and me and Madelynne will all have to fight over him.

Janine Ashbless said...

Now that we could probably sell tickets for.
;-)

Wintersinger said...

And while you ladies are battling it out, I'll be sneaking him out the back door...

;)

Madeline Moore said...

He's lovely. I do so dig that blue black hair.

Cora Zane said...

Yum. He does great Matrix. *_*

Madelynne Ellis said...

Now stealing him while I was away from home is just not fair. :)

Janine Ashbless said...

You've got to see that film, Madelynne!

dolly said...

Hi, everyone. I just read the UK Guardian description for the running time of this cut. It confirms the rumor: Two movies (each part shown in Asia is over 2 hours long) have been cobbled together to make it "easier to digest" for Western audience. If you can get a hold of copies (not certain if it is region free as I have a compatible DVD player), it has English subs and is well worth spending the time.

Janine Ashbless said...

Thanks Dolly. I did see that the Asian release was a longer 2-parter - the fuller plot details are all up on Wikipedia, which is useful. And I'll certainly be trying to buy the full version when it comes to DVD release.