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I've sort of wanted to see this movie!

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Great web site!
A year or two ago I posted (I thought here or G..Web but I can't find it) a link to a Chinese movie web site that had a page with their list of the 10 best bamboo fight scenes ever.
Can't find the link to it now! It was a great page, though--although it didn't have as many pictures as yours!
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Looked some more...still can't find it!
But I found something some of you may be interested in. This link is to a google search of a Chinese movie gossip site, where they report on the filming locations of a bunch of bamboo scenes.
http://www.google.com/custom?domains0=M ... 7031377905
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From Flying Daggers.
When I see things like that I wonder how they created the effect of straddling those two poles.

While it's obvious she isn't doing it in a real athletic sense, I think that the "legs" are a special scaffold dressed in pants which she is kneeling upon to swing that bamboo culm - probably painted styrofoam :)
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When I see things like that I wonder how they created the effect of straddling those two poles.

While it's obvious she isn't doing it in a real athletic sense, I think that the "legs" are a special scaffold dressed in pants which she is kneeling upon to swing that bamboo culm - probably painted styrofoam
Now that you say that, it makes perfect sense. Otherwise, she's a little freakishly long waisted.
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Yep...plus wires. The Chinese martial arts movies typically rely on complicated wire setups to move the fighters around, instead of using special effects.
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I finally saw Crouching Tiger...
I kept waiting for the fight scene in the Moso. Not that impressive. They just kinda jumped through the leaves. Plus, with bamboo being so flexible, the actors who held on to the last few feet of individual culms would bend the culms well to the ground.

Also, just a thought- during the winter months when sap turns thick because of the cold weather, trees become much more flexible. I remember climbing trees until they started to bend toward the ground. They do not break, but rather slowly bend making the ride rather enjoyable.
I realize that bamboo does not have sap like many hard/soft woods, but do transportation vessels such as xylem become thicker in the winter.

SO much for the topic of movies....
Ill have to see the flying daggers.
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Eastlandia wrote: SO much for the topic of movies....
Ill have to see the flying daggers.
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Good flick. I think the bamboo is used a bit more effectively in "House of Flying Daggers".
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Apologies for reviving such an old thread buuuut... Bamboo makes a striking cinematic appearance quite removed from these martial-arts epics, in the classic 1953 French thriller The Wages of Fear (La salaire de la peur). The film tells the story of European vagabonds stuck in a tropical backwater (been there, I must admit, and done that) who volunteer for a suicide mission -- trucking loads of nitroglycerine to a burning oilfield -- to make the cash to get back home.

Although suspense master Henri-Georges Cluzot filmed the whole thing in locations in France and Spain, the picture looks convincingly like it was shot in Venezuela, where the story is set. The tropical atmosphere is bolstered in part by a nighttime sequence of the trucks rolling through a forest of moso. This is actually the unique Bambouseraie en Cévennes, a grove established in the south of France by botanist Eugene Mazel in the 19th century, and still standing today. Joe Bob says check it out -- both the gardens and the picture, which even today is a weird, wild visual feast and a real nail-biter. (If the story sounds familiar, it's because Hollywood has remade it a couple times, most recently as William Friedkin's Sorcerer with Roy Scheider.)
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Interesting -- thanks for posting!
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