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The Kingdom And The Beauty (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Blu-ray Region A

Lam Doi (Actor) | Chao Lei (Actor) | King Hu
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One of the first cinematic adaptations of the Chinese folklore The Wandering Dragon Seduces the Phoenix, Li Han Hsiang's The Kingdom and the Beauty is one of the most successful films in 1960s Hong Kong and one of the best-known films from the Shaw Brothers Studio. Starring screen legend Lam Doi and Chao Lei, the grand old-fashioned melodrama is a take on the classical tale about an emperor who wanders out to the real world and meets the true love of his life. Boasting an emotional story, vivid production design, and great acting, The Kingdom and the Beauty won Best Picture at the sixth Asia Pacific Film Festival, and it's also named one of the best 100 Chinese-language films ever made by the Hong Kong Film Awards. Digitally remastered, there is no better time to experience this Hong Kong cinema classic.

Bored by his life in the palace, the Emperor (Chao Lei) decides to escape to the real world with a homebound guard. There, he finds love at first sight with local waitress Li Feng (Lam Doi). After a period of courting, the two fall in love in spite of warnings by Li Feng's friend Ta Niu (legendary director King Hu). Unfortunately, his doubts come true when the imperial guards show up to bring the Emperor back to the Forbidden City. What will the Emperor choose in the end: the kingdom or the beauty?

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Product Title: The Kingdom And The Beauty (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 江山美人 (1959) (Blu-ray) (台灣版) 江山美人 (1959) (Blu-ray) (台湾版) 江山美人 (1959) (Blu-ray) (台湾版) The Kingdom And The Beauty (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Lam Doi (Actor) | Chao Lei (Actor) | King Hu 林黛 (Actor) | 趙雷 (Actor) | 胡金銓 林黛 (Actor) | 赵雷 (Actor) | 胡金铨 林黛(リン・トイ) (Actor) | Chao Lei (Actor) | 胡金銓 (キン・フー) Lam Doi (Actor) | Chao Lei (Actor) | Hu Jin Quan
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2011-02-11
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Surround
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 95 (mins)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023920340

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Li Han-hsiang, the acknowledged master of adapting great huangmeei opera tales to film, surpasses himself with this tale of a Chinese emperor's love for a country maiden. So beautifully filmed and sensitively told, it won the best picture award at the prestigious Asian Film Festival, and was a huge box office success. Once seen, its lush color cinematography, memorable score, and the haunting beauty of its superstar, Linda Lin Dai, is rarely forgotten.
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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.2 out of 10 (4)

Anonymous

June 23, 2004

This customer review refers to The Kingdom And The Beauty (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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gorgeous Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I love this movie. Love it, love it, love it. And Lin Dai is magnificient. The color, the costumes, gorgeous. Beautiful scenery. A great love story. Lin Dai's rendition of "Becoming an Emperor" is classic. I highly recommend this movie to everyone.
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Anonymous

February 9, 2003

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Kingdom rules Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I wasn't born yet to experience any of Lin Dai's films nor I was I admirer of Mandarin musicals. I decided to take a risk on this film and find out what the big deal about Lin Dai was. She has such incredible screen presence that no other HK actress ever had. She's in top form under the expert direction of Li Han Hsiang. The colors are beautifully restored to technicolorish levels. However the films claims to be a Shaw Scope at end film and the trailor reveals a film that was perhaps 1.85:1 aspect ratio. But the full screen transfer does not indicate it was a scope film. The film also features a super young King Hu and mega young David Chiang. I look foward to more of Lin Dai's films.
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Anonymous

January 9, 2003

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The Master Piece of Art Work Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The movie itself is a very good piece directed by Li Han Hseng and Lindai's performance is excellent.

The significant thing about this movie is the super teriffic job of remastering the piece by techincians of Celestial Picture.The quality of the picture and sound are unbeatable for the old movies 40 years ago.

Very nice job done and we are looking forward to the upcoming movies with the sane quality of remastering.
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Anonymous

January 6, 2003

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WELCOME BACK TO THE SCREEN , LIN DAI Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
What a joy to see Lin Dai back on the screen again, for all of those movie fans who grew up in the 60s,
Lin Dai was certainly one of the Brightest and most
talented actress the Hongkong screen has to offer, it
was utterly criminal of Shaw's Studios to keep her movies out of reach to the general public through the
various new home entertainment formats such as videotapes and laserdiscs, I hope now moviefans of the
world can see all of the great works of the past and
not only be inundated with the current trashy product
that flooded the market. "The Kingdom and the Beauty"
was a good example of how a simple romantic story can
be told in such a wonderful way through folk music and
acted by a brilliant cast. Hopefully the future releases from the "vault" will include more films from the 50s and 60s.
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