Gold Usher wrote:
Being a bit of a history buff regarding ancient statuary - it was amusing to see India temple carvings and Buddah statues used for the background settings
I especially like the mask on the native (Japanese style demon face) with the added skulls on the top.
Usher , the Indian statues and backgrounds on the island of Lemuria are actually accurate.
Lemuria , also known as Kumari Kandam and other much older names, is the " Atlantis " of the Indian ocean and the fable of its existence goes back to ancient times. While it's location varies from tale to tale it is mostly believed to have stretched between Madagascar and Southern India. They should have used one of the older names in the film since " Lemuria " didn't pop up until around 1860 or so . A zoologist looking to explain the reason for matching fossils on both sides of the Indian Ocean used the old sunken Continent theory and named his imaginary land bridge after Lemurs. There isn't one there but it seemed like a good idea at the time. In all fairness " Lemuria " does have a more lyrical quality than "Kumari Kandam " and is the more popular name
As for the mask , I think they might be trying for the goddess Durga. I don't know why it has skulls since Kali is the only one that wore skulls.( The dancing Kali in the film does wear a belt of skulls) but you are right in that the mask does have an oriental flavor.Maybe they just found this in a pile of props somewhere , gave it a good paint job and hoped no one would notice, after all this Sinbad movie did have the smallest budget of all them that they made.
I agree with Patti in that Kuora is very human and vulnerable- but evil ? noooooo....