in an alternate history of china, [darth vader] tries to rule the entirety of china. he captured [princess leia], a princess from a region of the land, and she watched as vader destroys her hometown. she sent two messengers [r2d2 and c3po] to the gobi desert to find [obi wan kenobi]. [luke skywalker] lives in a little house in the vast gobi desert. he found the two messengers, starving and lost in the desert, and let them stay the night. seeing the message written in scroll, luke found obi wan, a master living in seclusion, and the four people went to the nearest city to borrow a carriage to the capital city with the help of [han solo] to rescue leia.
leslie cheung as luke skywalker michelle yeoh as leia organa jet li as han solo
A Sword by Itself Rules Nothing (for Hero Complex Gallery’s Kung Fu Theater exhibition, LA, November 2014)
18" x 24" giclée, available in a limited numbered edition of 30. Exhibition opens Friday 14th November, with remaining prints available online soon after that.
I fell in love with Hong Kong action cinema in my teens (my gateway drug probably being the movies of Van Damme, his movies in turn being discovered through the broader action star appeal of Schwarzenegger, Stallone et al). It’s been a passion of mine ever since, and I’m always on the lookout for the next big thing, whether it’s Tony Jaa from a few years back, or Iko Uwais (and director Gareth Evans) more recently.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was a perfect cinema moment for me, in terms of it being both a beautiful high budget tribute to the movies I loved, and an amazing new film in its own right. The stunning (and varied) action sequences made all the more interesting thanks to compelling characters and amazing performances from the cast. To be honest I can hardly believe it’s almost 15 years old now!
So yeah, it’s a movie I’ve long wanted to tackle for a poster, and this exhibition seemed like the perfect opportunity to go for it. Hope you like it!