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The Magnificent Concubine (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Li Li Hua (Actor) | Li Hsiang Chun (Actor) | Yan Jun (Actor) | Li Han Hsiang (Director)
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The Magnificent Concubine (Hong Kong Version)
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After helming the award-winning musical The Kingdom And The Beauty, director Li Han Chiang continued to dabble in the genre with The Magnificent Concubine, a Shaw Brothers Huangmei Opera starring Li Li Hua, Yan Jun, Yan Chi Ching, and Li Xiang Jun! Although there have been numerous film adaptations of the popular Chinese romance, this 1960 film is perhaps the most famous of them all. Also known by the alternative title Yang Kwei Fei, the film takes place during the 8th century. Yan Jun (from Lady Jade Locket) plays the role of an emperor with a weakness for his concubine, the comely Yang Kwei Fei (Li Li Hua, from The Three Sinners and Between Tears And Smiles), who convinces him to leave the day-to-day matters of ruling the nation to his Prime Minister (Yang Chi Ching), a man who just so happens to be Yang Kwei Fei's brother. Unfortunately for the Chinese people, the Prime Minister is a wicked, egotistical leader whose royal edicts end up leaving the country in disarray. When the cruel Prime Minster refuses to compensate some devoted royal guards for their services, a coup d'etat is put into effect. But what happens when they come looking for Yang Kwei Fei? Will Yang Kwei Fei and her ailing beloved survive this ordeal?

Magnificent is an apt description for this ostentatious, yet bittersweet Shaw Brothers spectacle, as it has won fans among audiences and critics alike. At the very first Golden Horse Awards in 1962, The Magnificent Concubine picked up several awards, including Honorable Mention for Dramatic Feature, Best Editing, and Best Sound Recording. And at the 15th Cannes Film Festival that same year, the film was awarded the Grand Prix de la Commission Superieure Technique du Cinema Francais!

The DVD from Celestial/IVL features the extra, "The Savant: Li Han Hsiang."

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Product Title: The Magnificent Concubine (Hong Kong Version) 楊貴妃 (香港版) 杨贵妃 (香港版) The Magnificent Concubine (Hong Kong Version) The Magnificent Concubine (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Li Li Hua (Actor) | Li Hsiang Chun (Actor) | Yan Jun (Actor) 李麗華 (Actor) | 李香君 (Actor) | 嚴俊 (Actor) 李丽华 (Actor) | 李香君 (Actor) | 严俊 (Actor) 李麗華 (リー・リーホァ) (Actor) | Li Hsiang Chun (Actor) | Yan Jun (Actor) Li Li Hua (Actor) | Li Hsiang Chun (Actor) | Yan Jun (Actor)
Director: Li Han Hsiang 李翰祥 李翰祥 李翰祥(リー・ハンシャン) Li Han Hsiang
Release Date: 2005-12-22
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Mono Audio
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 72 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004100720

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* Screen Format: 1.33:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
* Sound Mix: Mono
* Extras:
- 慕後花絮 Behind-The-Scenes
- 本片預告 Trailer
- 精選猛片預告 Other Releases
- 劇照 Color Stills
- 原裝海報 Original Poster
- 電影簡介 Production Notes
- 演員∕導演簡介 Biography & Selected Filmography
- 見於詩辭曲下—楊貴妃的美艷
- 《楊貴妃》的霓裳羽衣
- 浩瀚一生——李翰祥

導演︰李翰祥
Director: Li Han Hsiang

  影片以為人熟悉之唐明皇迷戀楊貴妃,而痛失江山的歷史作骨幹,加入楊國忠及高力士等大反派,除加強本身之戲劇性外,更反映無能者治國,百姓受苦的慘況,令人看得格外投入。大導演李翰祥將唐明皇與楊貴妃情史,描繪得極盡聲色,如貴妃日夕伴君王尋歡作樂,御園歡宴,在長生殿獻舞帝前,令明皇為之神魂顛倒,充分表現李大導處理宮廷場面之技巧,大師風格可見一斑。全劇高潮起伏,結局忠於歷史,有讀畢《長恨歌》之感。

  Many screen versions have been made of this classic Chinese love story, but auteur Li Han-hsiang's version is the most popular of them all. Yen Chuan plays the weak emperor, whose obsession with his consort, Yang Kwei Fei (played by the ever-elegant and ever-sensual Li Li-hua) makes him leaves the running of the country to his Prime Minister (Yang Chi-ching), who happens to be Yang Kwei Fei's brother. Unfortunately, the cruel and selfish Prime Minister's decisions leave the empire in shambles. "Magnificent" is the only word that could describe this exquisite production.
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January 28, 2006

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Beautiful and Sensual Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The Magnificent Concubine is a beautiful production with excellent photography. Actress Li Lihua is delightfully sensuous in her beauty. She is pampered, wilful but cares for her King enough to sacrifice herself. This is a short love story, originally planned as part of a 4-story movie, but presumably the idea was shelved. The great acting by Li Lihua holds this movie together.
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