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EMA is noteworthy as a study of a great, possessive and possessing performance; and as a dance movie whose dance sequences relate to the substance of the narrative. But as a study of a character, EMA joins Larraín’s gallery of films about subjects he seeks to control – and cannot.


The wuxia pian, the Chinese martial arts film, seems just as vital today as it did in the days of King Hu. Zhang Yimou’s SHADOW shares a good deal in common with HERO, if not quite assuming a role as its equal. Marc Nelson reviews.