If there was anything special that I got out of my time spent abroad in other countries, besides friends and some stories, is that I was able to experience world cinema in actual foreign countries. So while I was in Finland visiting a friend, I was watching some television and came across a trailer for a rather interesting movie. Jadesoturi, was a mix of Chinese wuxia and a Finnish Kalevala mythology. I had to have the latter explained to me as I don’t even know what Kalevala is and the only words I knew at the time were phrases to pick up women and order another beer. Both were useful in their own rights, but from a movie fan perspective, I had to know more about this movie. So I was excited that it was playing at the local theater in Turku, Finland, but my American mind didn’t comprehend that the foreign language film in Finnish and Chinese were only going to be subtitled in Finnish, so no luck there. I did finally get a chance to watch this movie 3 years later and well, it was worth it.
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