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In 1916, China was in turmoil with warlords battling against each other and Japanese conspirators lurking in the dark. One day, a mysterious man named Zhang Xian (Tony Leung) takes the capital city by storm with his mesmerizing magic tricks. He soon catches the attention of ruthless warlord Commander Lei (Lau Ching Wan), who is eager to please his seventh wife Liu Yin (Zhou Xun) by taking her to see Zhang's performance. Unbeknownst to Lei, his favorite concubine was once the fiancée of Zhang, and approaching him to earn his trust is just the first step in the vengeful illusionist's secret agenda...
|Product Title:||The Great Magician (2012) (DVD) (Thailand Version) 大魔術師 (2012) (DVD) (泰國版) 大魔术师 (2012) (DVD) (泰国版) The Great Magician (2012) (DVD) (Thailand Version) The Great Magician (2012) (DVD) (Thailand Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor) | Daniel Wu | Alex Fong Chung Sun (Actor) | Morris Rong (Actor) | Wang Zi Yi (Actor) | Tsui Hark | Vincent Kok | Ambrose Hsu (Actor) | Yan Ni (Actor) | Kenya Sawada (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Lu Jian Ming (Actor) | Lau Ho Leung (Actor) | Wang Zi Wen (Actor) | Jiang Dao Hai (Actor) | Wu Gang (Actor) 梁 朝偉 (Actor) | 劉 青雲 (Actor) | 周迅 (Actor) | 吳彥祖 | 方中信 (Actor) | 戎 祥 (Actor) | 王紫逸 (Actor) | 徐 克 | 谷德昭 | 許紹洋 (Actor) | 閆妮 (Actor) | 澤田謙也 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 陸劍明 (Actor) | 劉浩良 (Actor) | 王子文 (Actor) | 江 道海 (Actor) | 吳 剛 (Actor) 梁 朝伟 (Actor) | 刘 青云 (Actor) | 周迅 (Actor) | 吴彦祖 | 方中信 (Actor) | 戎 祥 (Actor) | 王紫逸 (Actor) | 徐 克 | 谷德昭 | 许绍洋 (Actor) | 闫妮 (Actor) | 泽田谦也 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 陆剑明 (Actor) | 刘浩良 (Actor) | 王子文 (Actor) | 江 道海 (Actor) | 吴 刚 (Actor) 梁朝偉 （トニー・レオン） (Actor) | 劉青雲（ラウ・チンワン） (Actor) | 周迅 （ジョウ・シュン） (Actor) | 呉彦祖 （ダニエル・ウー） | 方中信（アレックス・フォン） (Actor) | Morris Rong (Actor) | Wang Zi Yi (Actor) | 徐克（ツイ・ハーク） | 谷徳昭（ビンセント・コク） | 許紹洋（アンブロウズ・シュー） (Actor) | Yan Ni (Actor) | 澤田謙也 (Actor) | 林雪 （ラム・シュー） (Actor) | Lu Jian Ming (Actor) | Lau Ho Leung (Actor) | Wang Zi Wen (Actor) | Jiang Dao Hai (Actor) | Wu Gang (Actor) 양조위 (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor) | Daniel Wu | Alex Fong Chung Sun (Actor) | Morris Rong (Actor) | Wang Zi Yi (Actor) | 서극 | Vincent Kok | Ambrose Hsu (Actor) | Yan Ni (Actor) | Kenya Sawada (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Lu Jian Ming (Actor) | Lau Ho Leung (Actor) | Wang Zi Wen (Actor) | Jiang Dao Hai (Actor) | Wu Gang (Actor)|
|Director:||Derek Yee 爾 冬陞 尔 冬升 爾冬隆（イー・トンシン） Derek Yee|
|Action Director:||Jiang Dao Hai | Tung Wai 江 道海 | 董瑋 江 道海 | 董玮 Jiang Dao Hai | 董瑋 （トン・ワイ） Jiang Dao Hai | Tung Wai|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.33 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Surround|
|Region Code:||All Region What is it?|
|Publisher:||Thai CD Online|
|Package Weight:||150 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1031127257|
In the years after the Revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty in China and established the republic, China broken up into fiefdoms held by warlords, who are busy fighting each other. A lieutenant is using magic to scare convicts into joining a warlord's army. His warlord has imprisoned a girl and wants her to be his seventh wife, but he's too honorable to force her. The local revolutionaries wants to kill the warlord and bring back the republic. The lieutenant is secretly a member of the Qing Dynasty Remnant and wants to bring back the Empire. The local Japanese businessman is actually trying to take over with help of the local Blackhawk gang. Into this chaos, a stranger returns from aboard with mastery of magic, and is back to recover the girl he loved. Who is tricking whom and who will win at the end?
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The Great Magician was one of the more highly anticipated Chinese releases of late, marking actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai's return to the screen after a break of three years, having presumably been worked in after his turn in Wong Kar Wai's - still unfinished - The Grandmasters had wrapped. The film also aroused interest for the fact that it saw Leung headlining along with Lau Ching Wan, the two having worked together several times in the past, most notably on Patrick Yau's classic 1998 noir thriller The Longest Nite with popular and talented actress Zhou Xun as the female lead. Based on a novel by Zhang Haifan, the film was a prestigious, big budget production, with one of Hong Kong's current top directors at the helm in Derek Yee, best known for recent action hits Triple Tap, Shinjuku Incident and One Nite in Mongkok, and an illustrious supporting cast of industry veterans including Yan Ni (Magic to Win), Wu Gang, Paul Chun (A Simple Life), Alex Fong (Overheard) and Lam Suet (Womb Ghosts), plus cameos from Daniel Wu and Tsui Hark.
The film is a period piece, set back in 1916, when China was being fought over by warlords and plotted against by the Japanese, with Tony Leung as Zhang Xian, a magician who turns up in the capital one day, vowing the crowds with his act. Of course, he has something grander in mind, being part of a plot to kidnap warlord Bully Lei (Lau Ching Wan), not to mention trying to win back the heart of his former fiance Liu Yin (Zhou Xun), who has been kidnapped as one of Lei's concubines. Things rapidly become even more complicated, with Lei's right hand man Butler Liu (Wu Gang) and one of his wives (Yan Ni) conspiring against him and searching for something called the Seven Wonders, which Liu Yin's imprisoned magician father may or may not hold the key to.
Added to this already convoluted affair are kidnap plots, Japanese villains, early film makers, tanks and mind control, making The Great Magician seem at times like an attempt to pack in as much as possible to one film, or perhaps just that Derek Yee wasn't as comfortable with this kind of material as with gritty thrillers. The film's early flirtations with serious espionage intrigue do suggest the latter, as does a definite uncertainty of tone, with knockabout silliness being peppered with a few moments of surprising nastiness. Still, there's a great deal going on, and though the film has a tendency to wander off on wild tangents and rarely makes much sense, it's certainly never boring, Yee managing to entertain throughout.
The film is definitely most successful when settling for old fashioned nonsense, and is best viewed as a traditional caper of sorts. Yee has a good time with the many mistaken identities and wacky schemes which make up the script, with pretty much every character harbouring one secret or another, and allegiances shifting constantly. Similarly, although the romance is distinctly half baked and frequently fades into the background, there's a fair amount of enjoyment to be had trying to work out who Zhou Xun will end up with, and the potentially more melodramatic elements of the film never really intrude or slow things down. Although overlong, with a two hours plus running time, Yee keeps the film moving with some nicely done magical set pieces, bolstered by some decent use of CGI effects.
Unsurprisingly, the film's greatest asset is its two male leads, the pairing of Tony Leung Chiu Wai's and Lau Ching Wan being very much worth the price of admission. The actors have a real chemistry between them, and the film gets impressive mileage out of their dynamic as it switches between rivalry and buddy shenanigans. Their characters, though both flawed, egotistical men, are a lot of fun to spend time with, and the film's best moments are when the two are onscreen together, bickering, play fighting or trying to out-scheme each other. In particular, it's great to see Leung back on the big screen again, his playful charisma having been much missed in recent years. Zhou Xun is also on good form, and though the script does perhaps understandably relegate her character at times to a background concern in favour of the Zhang Xian-Bully Lei show, it wins points for at least not making her the expected kind of useless damsel in distress.
Whilst there's no denying that The Great Magician is a little underwhelming, this is mainly due to Derek Yee having shown himself over the last few years to be a talented helmer capable of commercial fare with real substance. Judged on its own merits, the film still makes for fine, undemanding fun, with Tony Leung, Lau Ching Wan and Zhou Xun providing impeccable star power, and Yee managing to serve up enough laughs and magic themed action to hold the interest.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
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September 1, 2014
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A deficiency of directorial magic
"The Great Magician" feels very much like a film with which director Derek Yee wrestled strenuously and ultimately lost, as if Yee simply gave up on trying to make it cohere. The story is set in the latter 1930s, the age of local warlords and Japanese influence. A plot is afoot to remove the warlords and put the Chinese people in control of their fate. A rival plot also seeks the removal of the warlords; it seeks to restore the Qing dynasty under the control of the Japanese. At the center of it all lies a tussle between warlord Bully Lei (Lau Ching Wan) and magician/revolutionary Zhang Xian (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) for the affections of Lei's captive/'seventh wife' Liu Yin (Zhou Xun). It is understatement to note that these three main plot lines rest uneasily together.
The first twenty minutes of the film, in which we see Bully Lei yearn clumsily for Liu Yin, are embarrassingly inept. Blessedly, the great magician Zhang Xian enters the picture and the movie comes alive. Whenever Tony Leung as magician Zhang is on-screen performing his magic tricks, we are treated to rapturous movie-making. Too, Leung's scenes interacting with Lau Ching Wan's Bully Lei are a treat; they are like two great table tennis players smashing verbal volleys at each other. Zhou Xun does her Bette Davis schtick as the seventh wife, who remains in icy control of her fate even as she's held captive by Lei. Particularly good is Yan Ni as Bully Lei's domineering third wife. Lam Suet and Wang Zi Wen are charming as owners of a failing theatre, while one wishes that the film had made more of Alex Fong's role as a rival, less talented magician.
"The Great Magician" is sumptuously mounted and attractively lensed. The magic tricks it features are spectacular. However, its shifts in tone, from slapstick, to violence, to disquisitions on the nature of true love are jarring and its competing plots never add up to much. Let's call it a noble failure.