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Cannes Review: 'Wu Xia' Mostly A Period Melodrama Punched Up By A Few Fights

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2011 5:00 AM
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The Weinstein Company has been on an acquisitions tear at the Cannes Film Festival this year and one of their pick ups, the Midnight Movie selection "Wu Xia," certainly reflects the kind of film that interested Harvey and Bob even back in their Miramax days. A genre film with an impressive pedigreed talent and sold on Donnie Yen kicking ass, "Wu Xia" seems ready made to be a niche hit. But with only three fights -- at the beginning, in the middle and at the end -- the film stretches into a far-too-long two-hour running time to tell an ultimately tired story about a man looking to reform himself and has to reckon with his past first.

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