The breathtaking aesthetic beauty is a rare case in the western film. I have never seen any western production that would blow my mind by the spectacular colour combinations or marvelous aesthetic scenes – that remains the strength of the Eastern mindset and perspective.
Two films that impressed me the most with their breathtaking beauty and astonishing colour galore are recent Chinese and Indian films.
Curse of the Golden Flower is a 2006 Chinese historical epic drama film directed by Zhang Yimou. With a budget of $45 million, it is the most expensive Chinese film to date. it will take your breath away as you see the richness in its story, sets, and costumes. See for yourself – isn`t it gorgeous?
The trailer shows even more:
Although I was taken aback by the splendour of the scenery, at the same time I was rather disappointed by the story which was in generally about revenge. I prefer to enjoy the stories that elevate the characters, must not be the happy end, but some transformation, development to the best…
The second film that fascinated me with the picturesque scenery and colours, and at the same time elevated with one of the most beautiful love stories and a deep message is the 2008 Indian production – Jodhaa Akbar. The film, directed by Academy Award nominated Ashuthosh Gowarikar with a budget of $45 million, is an epic tale of love between Akbar, the greatest Mughal emperor and his Rajput wife, Jodhaa Bai.
Unfortunately there have been very few pictures available on Internet, which can hardly show the magnificent beauty of the film, but still… The trailer below shows more!
And here is the trailer:
One more special thing about the film is that the love between Jodhaa and Akbar develops AFTER they got married (which is not unusual for an Indian, but might be rather strange for a western mindset). Romantic love after marriage is the unique situation, it gives love the possibility to unfold slowly but steadily, and not vanish like a cheap parfume – I am lucky enough to know it from my own marriage experience!
Apart from the love message, the figure of Akbar could be a good role model for many rulers. IThe king not only had a secular vision, but also a will to know what the common man wanted, he was kind hearted and noble. And I love the way he forgives!
In a very thoughtful scene, Akbar openly wonders how to make India one…and he realizes that would be possible by embracing all faiths. A message that still rings true and still needs to be worked on -an that is, all over the world!