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The Drummer2008

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  • 4.2
In the East, the drum is the king of all musical instruments. The intense sound of the drum can penetrate a man's body. The solemn beat of the drum can open a man's heart. The powerful vibration of the drum can awaken a man's soul. Sid, the rebellious son of Kwan, a controlling and savage triad boss in Hong Kong, has to flee to Taiwan upon enraging his father's adversary, a powerful tycoon and underground business leader. Hiding out in the mountains, Sid encounters a group of Zen drummers whose mesmerizing art, rigorous physical training, and austere way of life pique this hostile urban young man's interest and he requests to join the group. Although Sid despises his father, he is turning out to be a younger version of him: wild and defiant. Immersing in the world of the Zen drummers eventually converts him into a firm and focused young man. Sid's independence from the triad life and his father is profoundly challenged, however, when a twist of fate awaits him back home in Hong Kong, it forces him to choose between loyalty to his family and his newfound faith in himself.
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This one covers all the emotional bases but at it's core it is essentially a Zen like parable and therefore very dry.First rate acting and story line and special kudos to Andre Matthias for a beautiful music score.

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The drumming, the drummers and their community, and the Taiwanese countryside are the real draws here: powerful, pounding, if mostly unvarying rhythms, muscular male flesh and Zen-like mores, Chinese painting-like mountains and clouds; while the glossy treatment, gangsterish story, and sentimentality are less not, not to say that the actors are unattracting or unconvincing. Neither didactic nor pedantic, not even preachy, the movie could even have benefitted from closer attention to the how and why of drumming. As it is, "The Drummer" offers seriously-intentioned entertainment and glimpses of something more.

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3.5_a lot of the story is sort of dumb for me_but i love the drumming_the TAO_and the country is really beautiful

Excellent acting, solid story - time well-spent.