“This film is dedicated to all the ordinary heroes among our parents” – Ocean Heaven
Not the typical action film I was expecting from Jet Li–so I was pleasantly surprised ^.^
What a lovely movie! Jet Li plays an ill father by the name of Wang Xingchang, who spends his last dying months, teaching his Autistic 21 year old son how to take care of himself.
What makes this film feel authentic is in the story development, which takes its time to mature, and of course, the little peices of humanity one feels when one recognizes the father is pushing through the pain, to make sure his son will be fine without him.
Really captures the little sacrifices (that mean SO much), that good parents do for the sake of their children. Whether something small like giving us the last chicken wing, or useful skills like teaching us to find answers for ourselves; this film shows how love is immortality.
It’s the lets- make- things- into- a- fun- game- so- he- doesnt- realize- this- is good- bye- and-that- he- has- -to- fend- for- himself, that gets me all teary–and reminds of other great film-fathers like Roberto Benigni in “Life is Beautiful” (1997) , Will Smith in “The Pursuit of Happiness” (2006), Brendan Fraiser in “Extraordinary Measures” (2010) and Tom Hanks (my favorite actor) in “Extremely Close And Incredibly Loud” (2011)
And may I add that it’s so refreshing to see films with the “father” character being an admirable positive role model, instead of the lazy iggit dads on tv (no offense to the entertaining Mr. Simpson and Mr. Griffin.)