I first saw Kodo during their initial tour to Canada back in 1985, and with but two exceptions have made a point of seeing them whenever they perform here. Gosh, that’s 22 years of Kodoing! Kodo and I have grown up together and I treasure | adore | enjoy (take your pick) their shows. They marry the sublime and the spectacular together seamlessly.
Tonight was no exception as the troupe did their thang down at Massey Hall and shook the place to it’s 113 year old roots with the booming 1000 lb. o-daiko drum.
The Boston Globe has said it the best: “Indeed, if there is such a thing as perfection
in music, Kodo comes as near to it as any group in the world.”
In a word: horrible. An embarrassment to all involved. Why this awful film didn’t go straight to dvd rental is beyond me. Perhaps the draw of some fairly decent stars in Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx and, even, Gong Li blinded the studio? The story centres on … hmmm well, really, who cares?! I found it strange to see Gong Li playing a contemporary role … she’s much better in historical roles all dolled up, to say nothing of her chinglish (though she’s nearly perfect speaking Spanish). This film is yet another example of what’s wrong with Hollywood. I’d say it’s all flash and no substance but even the flash is missing here. I’m loathe to actually give it a rating, but being kind, my rating 0 out of 10. Avoid!