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Zhang Ziyi (Actor) | Daniel Wu (Actor) | Ge You (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor)
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The Banquet (Hong Kong Version)

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Director Feng Xiaogang's The Banquet, which premiered at the prestigious Venice film festival and screened at many other major festivals, became Hong Kong's submission to the Oscars this year. This epic features multiple award-winning actor Ge You, Feng's long-time collaborator, as a cunning emperor. The internationally popular Zhang Ziyi returns to Chinese cinema to portray a queen who experiences intense inner struggle. Hong Kong handsome prince Daniel Wu and best actress winner Zhou Xun from Perhaps Love also excel in delivering their roles. Inspired by the Shakespearean play Hamlet, The Banquet unfolds a story about power struggle in the royal court, which eventually climaxes at a night banquet.

The film promises a thrilling visual experience with its carefully designed details. Tan Dun and Timmy Yip, both Oscar winners for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, team up again in this project, offering wonderful art direction and captivating music respectively. Action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping designs the dazzling fighting scenes in The Banquet to enrich the film's aesthetic dimension, which deserves as much applause as its fascinating story.

Zhang Ziyi stars as the young Empress Wan, who used to be in love with Prince Wu Luan (Daniel Wu) but is now his step-mother. The late emperor's brother Li (Ge You) comes to throne and sees Wu Luan, now living away from the palace indulging himself in arts, a great threat to his power. He sends assassins to kill Wu Luan but the mission fails. The young prince returns to the palace and meets Empress Wan, who is newly married to Li, and a young girl Qing (Zhou Xun) who falls for him. Emperor Li decides to host a banquet, but everyone has a hidden agenda when they attend...

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Product Title: The Banquet (Hong Kong Version) 夜宴 (香港版) 夜宴 (香港版) 女帝 [エンペラー] (夜宴) (香港版) The Banquet (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Zhang Ziyi (Actor) | Daniel Wu (Actor) | Ge You (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Tim Yip | Tan Dun | Zhang Li 章子怡 (Actor) | 吳彥祖 (Actor) | 葛優 (Actor) | 周迅 (Actor) | 黃曉明 (Actor) | 葉錦添 | 譚盾 | 張黎 章子怡 (Actor) | 吴彦祖 (Actor) | 葛优 (Actor) | 周迅 (Actor) | 黄 晓明 (Actor) | 叶锦添 | 谭盾 | 张黎 章子怡(チャン・ツィイー) (Actor) | 呉彦祖 (ダニエル・ウー)  (Actor) | 葛優 (グォ・ヨウ) (Actor) | 周迅 (ジョウ・シュン)  (Actor) | 黄暁明 (ホァン・シァオミン) (Actor) | 葉錦添(ティン・イップ) | Tan Dun | Zhang Li 장쯔이 (Actor) | Daniel Wu (Actor) | Ge You (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Tim Yip | Tan Dun | Zhang Li
Director: Feng Xiao Gang 馮小剛 冯小刚 馮小剛(フォン・シャオガン) Feng Xiao Gang
Release Date: 2006-11-03
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Surround
Disc Format(s): DVD-9, DVD-5, DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 131 (mins)
Publisher: Media Asia (HK)
Other Information: 2DVDs
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004538403

Product Information

* Screen Format: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix: DTS 9624/ Dobly Digital 5.1
* DVD Type:
- Disc 1 (The Movie): DVD-9
- Disc 2 (Special Features): DVD-5
* Special Features:
1. 製作特輯 Making Of
2. 人物專訪 Interview
3. 幕後花絮 Behind the Scene
4. 夜宴之外 40 mins Behind the Scene
5. 預告 Trailer
6. 電視廣告 TV Spot
7. 海報及宣傳品 Poster & Promotion Materials
8. 相片集 Photo Gallery

導演︰馮小剛
Director: Feng Xiao Gang

  先帝駕崩,太子巡遊在外。皇叔篡位並自封厲帝執掌朝政。身為當朝太子後母卻又是與太子自小青梅竹馬的婉后迫於無奈,委身厲帝,並希冀以此保太子周全。

  但是,剛剛得知父皇駕崩消息的太子,卻在其竹海的伎館遭遇了一場生死之戰。厲帝在誅殺太子的同時也在先皇的宮廷開始了排除異己確立皇權的屠殺。婉后為求自保,在這場政治爭奪中成為了厲帝的幫兇,同時對權力的企圖也在她心底日益萌生。同時,被迫臣服於厲帝卻持有異心的還有太守殷太常。

  於是,這本該滅絕的王朝開始了一場新的混亂……

  The Banquet is set in ancient China during the Period of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907-960 AD), when dynasties succeed each other rapidly in the north and a dozen of independent states vie with one another in the south. Meanwhile, the neighboring Khitan Empire is on the prowl in Manchuria, ready to conquer China when the moment arises.
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Professional Review of "The Banquet (Hong Kong Version)"

October 11, 2006

When the emperor dies his brother, Li, assumes the throne and his wife, Empress Wan. Sensing great danger for her stepson, Prince Wu Luan, she dispatches guardians to ensure his safe return to the kingdom, not knowing Li has also dispatched his own troop of assassins to murder the prince and solidify his place on the throne. The Banquet is an epic tale of forbidden love, betrayal and revenge succulently woven together by director Feng Xiaogang and a who's who in the field of martial arts epics. Influenced by Shakespeare's Hamlet, The Banquet deserves a rightful place among the great martial epics of the recent decade.

When you have assembled the talent like Feng has there is very little that can go wrong. You have to be very careful not to bungle it up though and Feng and his crew have held up their end of the bargain, delivering a film that thrills, shocks and scintillates on the screen. Production Designer Tim Yip has made use of the vastness of this tale and created a kingdom that is absolutely stunning. Though precise and gorgeous in detail, it is also neutral and organic in tone and color. Grand in scale and small in details, every shot is worthy of a second look. This vastness and attention to detail is almost immediately put to the test with one of the opening sequence set at the theatre where Prince Wu Luan has been honing his craft and studying the arts. A dazzling structure fabricated by bamboo in circular layers with a large ramp leading out or in to the surrounding bamboo forest is just the beginning of Yip's handicraft. And as the story moves along and Li's influence spreads throughout the palace, the dark tones are laced with gold and splendor. Yip's proves up to the task.

Composer Tan Dun composes a score that sways and rolls with the emotions on screen. It is a perfect complement to what is happening on screen and the time and place in which it is happening. He is a master of his craft at work.

Speaking of masters, Master Yuen Wo Ping is again at the top of his game and punctuates dramatic turns in the film with stunning choreography and brutal action. Every sequence has its place and is reflective of the mood and purpose of the sequence. The melee between Empress Wan and Prince Wu Luan is simply poetry in motion. A display of each other's skills and lacking intent to harm it is more of a dance number than it is a display of martial art prowess. And when Yuen and his team have to get dirty and visceral there is no doubt that he is the right man for the job. The Banquet is a violent movie. Nothing is sugar coated because the action needs to complement this dark tale of revenge and deception perfectly. If the action sequences were fluff they would only be detrimental to maintaining the mood of the film. Blood flows like rivers in The Banquet and it is only fitting for this dark tale. Excellent, excellent swordplay.

If there are any concerns about using the influence of Hamlet to structure the storyline of this movie, I don't believe we will have too much to worry about. Though it serves as an influence, Feng takes the narrative and changes the focus from the Prince to the Empress. There are also enough changes to keep the story as fresh as it is familiar. I think that familiarity with the Hamlet play will prove to be beneficial. Hamlet has long been part of nearly every high school curriculum since who knows how long. It should also serve as a draw for those who normally wouldn't look to Asian cinema for Shakespearean influence.

Anchoring the film among actors is Zhang Ziyi. With the focus on film focused more on her character, Empress Wan, she delivers another fantastic performance that teeters between love, sorrow, malice and deceit. Daniel Wu is also fantastic in the role of Prince Wu Luan. Ge You and the rest of the cast offer solid support. There is not a weak performance at all. I will also say that Zhou Xun, in the role of Qing Nu, rivals Zhang Ziyi for sheer beauty.

The Banquet is a stunning movie that is gorgeous to look at, thrills with it's action sequences and captivates with it's storyline. Recommended.

by Mack - Twitchfilm.net

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Customer Review of "The Banquet (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.9 out of 10 (9)

Lam
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September 13, 2008

Not my type of film. Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
Trying hard to capture on the success of Crouching Tiger........, The Banquet fails to deliver, everything moves at such a slow pace one cannot help but wonder why it cannot have been trimmed down to shorter running time. I can understand that it is meant to be poetic but i do not see the entertainment side of it.

The wire assisted fight scenes are very well choreographed courtesy of Yuen Woo Ping but are hindered by the directors choice of over using the slow motion, further adding to the running time and preventing the viewers enjoyment.

The sets and costumes are beautiful and so is the lovely Zhang Ziyi who does a good job as the empress. Daniel Wu is another story he is heavily miss casted as the prince and the role just seems to be out of his league.

This film was not for me, i do not like having to work to understand the deeper meaning of every dialogue and the ending i just did not understand.
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Kevin Kennedy
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October 23, 2007

Well-staged blood-soaked drama Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Feng Xiaogang's "The Banquet" is a lavishly produced, star-studded Shakespearean drama about court intrigue. Director Feng clearly had an outsized budget for this film and it is all on display in sumptuous set decoration, beautiful costuming, topnotch musical direction and martial arts choreography, and skillful cinematography.

All of that lusciousness can seem like excess at times and makes parts of the film ponderous. However, an excellent script and fine performances by Ge You and Zhang Ziyi yield moments of intense drama. Moreover, Director Feng orchestrates a powerful culmination for the film.

"The Banquet" is not light viewing, but I definitely can recommend it to the serious film fan. While you're at it, I also recommend that you check out a similar "Hamlet"-inspired film, "Himalayan Prince", which manages to produce a feast for the eyes on a much smaller budget.
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K
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January 25, 2007

2 people found this review helpful

Hamlet?????? Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
this is pretty much the remake or should I say the chinese version of Hamlet...what's so interesting about this movie is the scence n all the martial arts...kinda do remind u of "the promise"...or"crouching tiger hidden dragon"...but overall a beautifully made movie...
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Rhoda
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January 13, 2007

1 people found this review helpful

Wow Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
The story is about a son of a king who was hunted by his uncle and wanted him dead so he can be king. Zhang ziyi is the widow and vowed to protect his love up to the extent marrying the brother of his death husband just to make sure that danny was not hurt. Sad ending though but beautifully done.
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Phoenix Lin
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December 16, 2006

Crouching meets Shakespeare Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Visually stimulating with similar use of color/texture symbolism as in HERO. The story is a familiar one (almost predictable)giving the whole movie a feel of 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon' grace fused with Shakespeare's Hamlet & MacBeth. The extras have no subtitles which was a touch disappointing. You don't get very attached to any of the characters because the performances seem blunted or lacking in a detached kind of way. The Prince's song is eerie & stuck with me for a couple weeks. Overall, I don't mind having it in my collection & would share it with friends but you definately have to be in a darker/mellow mood to sit through this movie.
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