I saw Fearless today. It’s a martial arts movie featuring Jet Li. Apart from the painful bone-breaking scenes, it was a very enjoyable and engaging movie with profound themes. (Warning: spoilers!) Basically, the protagonist’s selfish life of vainglory reaps a series of great tragedies and ruined relationships, but is transformed through the love of a small village community, ultimately leading him to an honorable and self-sacrificing end. In a way, this process made the greatest impression on me, even over the (although very good) martial arts combat scenes.
This reminds me of a passage in John Paul II’s Letter to Artists: “even when they explore the darkest depths of the soul or the most unsettling aspects of evil, artists give voice in a way to the universal desire for redemption” – this is no less true for a film production.