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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 and forces him to choose between loyalty to his family and his new found faith in himself .
"Superb! Spectacular! A genuine crowd-pleaser"
--Stephen Farber / The Hollywood Reporter - Review
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Jeff in Seattle - Customer Review
I got this DVD and noticed that this film contains Zen .rumming. This got me excited since I do enjoy Zen drumming performances. So, I pop this into the player, and what do I get? Hong Kong gangster film! Awwite! Tough men! Femme Fatales! Fisticuffs! The main protagonist is an irresponsible son of a crime lieutenant.. He sleeps with the crime boss' mistress! This forces his tough father to hide him in Taiwan. Only then did the son discovered Zen drumming (and compares it with his rock band drumming skills). The drummers then sets him to discovers his inner self before that could happen. As for the rest of the film, this reminds me of Kung Fu Panda! (I have two young boys, so, yes, I have seen Kung Fu Panda). I could imagine Jack Black's voice saying "Drum without drumming" soon. Did Hollywood infiltrate this film for ideas or was it vice versa?
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