The film Sons of the Good Earth was directed by King Hu. Sons of the Good Earth took place in WWII in China during the Japanese invasions. The film focused on three characters named Yu Rui (played by Peter Chen Ho) and He Hua (played by Betty Loh Ti). There were some positive and negative things which I spotted, but it was a good film overall. The film was entertaining. When watching this film for the first time, it held my interest from the beginning to the end. The film had a lot energy captivating the audience.
The one biggest surprise in the film was the comedy aspect. The comedy did not feel out of sync but natural complementing the story. I did not expect the comedy elements but I was pleasantly surprised. It made me chuckle in spite it being a serious film which brought in a lighter side to the story. Mixing in humor in moments that was unanticipated gave this film a realism and authenticity.
As the film build towards the climax, I was not anticipating the bloody scenes that ensued towards the big action scene. The effectiveness of these scenes played to the war torn events of the story. These scenes would not be appropriate for the faint-hearted. I thought it could lean more to the violent side during these bloody episodes. Fortunately for me, the blood did not ruin my enjoyment of the film.
In conclusion, I thought Sons of the Good Earth was a solid film to watch. As for me who had never heard of King Hu, I thought this was good start to get to know what kind of films he made. It was enjoyable and it kept me captivated throughout the film. I would recommend this film to people who want to experience a foreign film.