Some of you might be wondering just exactly what these things I call “spotlights” are, since they are not exactly reviews, and don’t really offer any new information or insight into the films themselves. Well, I guess these my way of bringing attention to things (usually, but no restricted to, films) that I feel might be underrated, under appreciated, or perhaps just under the radar. As I have mentioned in my previous post, I am currently going through my DVD and Blu-Ray collection, so there is a chance I might post a few more of these spotlights in the next couple of weeks (if I’m not too lazy to do so, that is).
Anyways today’s spotlight is on a Danish film by the name of ‘Fighter’. Released in 2007, this little gem was directed by the award-winning Natasha Arthy, with choreography by Xian Gao (of ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘ fame). I saw this masterpiece on the big screen a few years back at a film festival, and fell in love with it instantly.
Offering an unique blend of drama and action – this film I believe is set in Denmark, with the story centering on a young Turkish girl, who practices martial arts in defiance of her family. To be honest I find it hard to describe and summarize the film in such a way that would do it justice. There is just so much going on, with so much depth and layers to the story and the characters, and each scene filled with so many metaphors that I can’t even begin to fathom. Culture; romance; drama; action – this film serves it all up with the some of the most amazing and imaginative cinematography and choreography that I have ever seen in my life. A very decent script with excellent performances all across board certainly helps too.
A definite must watch in my book.