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Empress Wu (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Chao Lei (Actor) | Zhang Zhong Wen (Actor) | Li Li Hua (Actor) | Lo Wei (Actor)
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From deep within the fabled film vaults of the Shaw Brothers studio emerges Empress Wu, a period drama directed by Li Han Hsiang, who only a year earlier helmed the classic Huangmei Opera The Kingdom And The Beauty. Released in 1960, Empress Wu stars popular actress Li Li Hua (The Goddess Of Mercy, Between Tears And Smiles), who by that point had already starred in dozens of motion pictures. For this film, she turns in a remarkable performance as Wu Tse Tien, perhaps the most famous woman in all of China's long and storied history. This legendary lady may have been a concubine, but she eventually rose to the status of surrogate empress during the Tang Dynasty in the seventh century.

Full of political intrigue, the film traces Wu's life from her formative teenage years all the way up to old age, with everything filtered through the keen eye of Japanese cinematographer T. Nishimoto. This breathtaking, richly ornamented film shows how the beautiful, but cunning young concubine eliminates all her rivals, including the actual Empress (Chang Chung Wen), as she takes over control of the nation due to the fact that her husband, Emperor Kao Tsung (Chao Lei, from The Story Of Sue San and Beyond The Great Wall), is suffering from a strange physical illness. At the 2nd Golden Horse Awards in 1963, the film took home an Honorable Mention for Drama. Also starring Ding Nung (The Bride Napping), Lo Wai (The Golden Buddha), Chiao Chuang, Lo Chi, Hu King Chun, and Kao Pao Shu, Empress Wu is one Celestial release that no Shw Brothers completist should do without!

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Product Title: Empress Wu (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 武則天 (DVD) (台灣版) 武则天 (DVD) (台湾版) 武則天 (DVD) (台湾版) Empress Wu (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Chao Lei (Actor) | Zhang Zhong Wen (Actor) | Li Li Hua (Actor) | Lo Wei (Actor) | Yan Jun (Actor) 趙雷 (Actor) | 張仲文 (Actor) | 李麗華 (Actor) | 羅維 (Actor) | 嚴俊 (Actor) 赵雷 (Actor) | 张仲文 (Actor) | 李丽华 (Actor) | 罗维 (Actor) | 严俊 (Actor) Chao Lei (Actor) | Zhang Zhong Wen (Actor) | 李麗華 (リー・リーホァ) (Actor) | 羅維(ロー・ウェイ) (Actor) | Yan Jun (Actor) Chao Lei (Actor) | Zhang Zhong Wen (Actor) | Li Li Hua (Actor) | Lo Wei (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: 2014-05-09
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 112 (mins)
Publisher: Hoker Records
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035652490

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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January 28, 2006

This customer review refers to Empress Wu (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Award-winning acting Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Veteran Li Lihua is so versatile and her roles are limitless. Her performance as Empress Wu should win her an award, displaying such ruthlessness necessitated by hers and her country's survival. Watching the last few movies of hers, I appreciate the wide range of characters she undertook. Her compassion and gentleness in Goddess of Mercy, her victimized characters in both Between Tears and Smiles and Three Sinners, all played to excellence. This is beauty and talent combined. The young generation may not know about her but the opportunity is here to appreciate the enchantment of past years.

Empress Wu is an epic production of director Li Hanxiang who seriously could do with a better script. Li Lihua could act her heart out but without support of a great script, the film lost some lustre.
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