One of the most popular homegrown outbursts of filmmaking, T.J. Wiedow’s Golden Blade III: Return of the Monkey’s Uncle (2007), makes a return visit at Walk-In Theater this week. I’m not sure that a great deal more needs to be said. However, I did take another look at the film and was pleased to find that it does hold up on subsequent viewings. Wiedow’s great inspiration of making a virtue out of the limitations of low-budget filmmaking is still pretty delightful. The use of a ridiculously out-of-sync soundtrack with its guidebook phrase mishmash of Chinese and barely literate subtitles feels both authentic and preposterous. Wiedow’s strong sense of locations stands out, and his knack for skillful compositions adds interest to the proceedings and makes it all look better than it should. And really, who can resist a movie with a man in a gorilla suit with a human head? If you’ve never seen it, it’s certainly worth a look, especially if you’ve any interest in local filmmaking.
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