January 24, 2005

Running On Karma


I watched "Running on Karma" last night. It was produced in Hong Kong. I think western audiences might find this movie very strange. It is the story of a bodybuilding Buddhist monk, known in the film only as "Big", who gives up the monastic life to be a stripper. He has the ability to see people's past lives and ends up using this ability to help his new police officer friend solve crimes. Along the way Big must come to terms with the nature of Karma. The film contains a decent spoonful of kung-fu action (Big is a martial arts monk).

This may sound quirky to you, and in fact, the movie is actually much more quirky than the premise I have detailed for you sounds. However, there is much more than simple quirk at play here. It is definitely a complex film - emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. I am not sure what it is that makes this movie work so well, but I would like another helping.

I wholeheartedly recommend this film.

Posted by brad at January 24, 2005 07:13 PM