A single act ignites the fire that propels the majestic Zhang Ziyi in the sublime film The Grandmaster. This act, which leaves her character feeling betrayed, compels her to create her destiny. And so she dedicates her life to undo this betrayal. To restore honor and dignity to her existence. To undertake one journey.
Her journey is laden with strife and burdened by the need to avenge. Consequences are of no significance. Even consequences of her heart. Her determination is unbreakable. It is profound. And we see all this in Zhang Ziyi. In her posture. In her eyes. In her strong and delicate movements. She shows us why her motive is pure. She shows us why her journey cannot be denied.
Zhang Ziyi lets nothing and no one deter her. In the chaos and noise she is quiet. She stands with purpose and battles her way forward. In her mesmeric clashes with her enemies she soars. She glides. She is ballet. Her voice is music. Her eyes radiate light.
Zhang Ziyi is light. And the dark that lurks ominously and pounces and binds her tightly, trying to strangle her, trying to deny her destiny, cannot diminish her light. And she shines and the dark is vanquished.
Zhang Ziyi takes us on this journey and makes us see and feel as she does. We see through her haunting eyes. We feel with her longing heart. We hurt with her exquisite body. She makes us angry. She makes us sad. Joyful. Hopeful. Vengeful. She makes us want to restore balance to her life. And at the end of her journey, she finds her destiny. And she is joyous. She is broken. She is radiant. She is fulfilled. And so are we.