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My Kingdom (2011) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Barbie Hsu (Actor) | Han Geng (Actor) | Wu Chun (Fahrenheit) (Actor) | Sammo Hung (Action Director)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (3)

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Wu Chun and Han Geng clash in the spectacular tale of love, revenge, and betrayal set in the world of Peking Opera! Seeking breakthroughs in their artistic pursuits, the super-idols of Asian pop signed onto My Kingdom to play "wushengs" - actors dedicated to martial arts in the traditional Chinese performing art form - in Mainland musician and writer-director Gao Xiaosong's stylish take on the wuxia film genre. To prepare for their demanding roles, all the lead actors have undergone months of intensive training under legendary action director Sammo Hung, who were himself trained as a Peking Opera artist at a young age. Popular actress Barbie Hsu (Reign of Assassins) co-stars in the highly anticipated period action drama, which also boasts a supporting cast including veteran action stars Yuen Biao and Yu Rongguang, actress Annie Yi, and famous magician Liu Qian as the arch-villain in his dazzling film debut.

In the final years of Qing Dynasty, the Meng family was sentenced to the guillotine for supporting the anti-monarchy revolution. Only the young son Meng Erkui survived, thanks to the rescue by honorable wusheng Yu Shengying (Yuen Biao) and his disciple Guan Yilong, and he began learning the art of Peking Opera under Yu. When Yu was defeated by his rival Yue Jiangtian (Yu Rongguang) and lost the "Best Wusheng" gold plaque bestowed on him by the Prince Regent, he became a shattered man, never able to get back up again. Years later, Yilong (Wu Chun) and Erkui (Han Geng) have grown into skilled wushengs, and they take it upon themselves to get back their master's lost plaque and glory. The vengeful brothers arrive in Shanghai, and soon make their names known after winning the challenge against Yue Jiangtian. Witnessing Yue's humiliation at the hands of Yilong and Erkui, Yue's disciple Xi Mulan (Barbie Hsu) vows to avenge her master by orchestrating their rivalry and eventual downfall...

Hong Kong Version Blu-ray comes with making-of, behind-the-scenes, film and interview footage, and Han Geng's theme song MV.

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Product Title: My Kingdom (2011) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 大武生 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 大武生 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 大武生 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) My Kingdom (2011) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Barbie Hsu (Actor) | Han Geng (Actor) | Wu Chun (Fahrenheit) (Actor) | Yu Rong Guang (Actor) | Yuen Biao (Actor) 徐熙媛 (Actor) | 韓庚 (Actor) | 吳尊 (Actor) | 于榮光 (Actor) | 元彪 (Actor) 徐熙媛 (Actor) | 韩庚 (Actor) | 吴尊 (Actor) | 于荣光 (Actor) | 元彪 (Actor) 徐熙媛(バービー・スー) (Actor) | 韓庚 (ハンギョン) (Actor) | 呉尊 (ウーズン) (Actor) | 于榮光 (ユー・ロングァン) (Actor) | 元彪(ユン・ピョウ) (Actor) Barbie Hsu (Actor) | 한경 (Actor) | Wu Chun (Fahrenheit) (Actor) | Yu Rong Guang (Actor) | 원표 (Actor)
Director: Gao Xiao Song 高曉松 高晓松 高曉松(カオ・シャオソン) Gao Xiao Song
Action Director: Sammo Hung | Chin Ka Lok 洪金寶 | 錢嘉樂 洪金宝 | 钱嘉乐 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) | 錢嘉樂(チン・ガーロッ) Sammo Hung | Chin Ka Lok
Producer: Zhao Hai Cheng 趙 海城 赵 海城 Zhao Hai Cheng Zhao Hai Cheng
Writer: Zou Jing Zhi 鄒靜之 邹静之 Zou Jing Zhi Zou Jing Zhi
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: 2011-11-29
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 99 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1025643644

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* Special Features:
- The Making of "My Kingdom"
- Cast Interview
- Behind the Scenes
- Movie Footage
- Music Video

Director: Gao Xiao Song 25GB

Yilong (Wu Chun) and Erkui (Han Geng) became apprentices of the opera star Master yu Shengying (Yuen Biao) when they were Young orphans. Years later, the boys go to Shanghai on a mission but instead they become sensations of the shanghai opera scene along with the beautiful actress Xi mulan (Barbie Hsu), the protege and lover of their master's enemy Yue. But soon, their collective pasts catch up with them and all three ends up in a complex web of love, lust, deceit and betrayal, ultimately ending in tragedy....
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Professional Review of "My Kingdom (2011) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 14, 2011

This professional review refers to My Kingdom (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Chinese period piece My Kingdom is a film which has whipped up a fair bit of interest as an East-West coproduction that attempts to inject a little action, romance and glamour into the world of Beijing Opera, not least since it stars top Asian pop duo Wu Chun and Han Geng in the lead roles. The two certainly took the film seriously, undergoing six months of training with the one and only Sammo Hung in order to convincingly play "wushengs" actors who combine martial arts and opera in performance. Directed by Gao Xiao Song (Copy Cat), the film also has a fine supporting cast, including Barbie Hsu (Reign of Assassins) as the boys' chief love interest, magician Liu Qian (here making his screen debut), Annie Yi (Four Women Conflict) and action veterans Yuen Biao (who also recently showed up in The Legend Is Born - Ip Man and Yu Rong Guang (Little Big Soldier).

The film kicks off during the final years of the Qing Dynasty, with the Meng family being put to death by the Prince Regent for apparently supporting the anti-monarchy revolution. Meng Erkui, the youngest son of the family, is saved by wusheng Yu Shengying (Yuen Biao) who adopts him into his troupe as an apprentice alongside Guan Yilong. Sadly, not long afterwards, Yu is defeated in opera combat by southern rival Yue Jiangtian (Yu Rong Guang), who claims the Best Wusheng gold plaque, taking it back to Shanghai with him. Years later when their wusheng studies are completed, Yilong (Wu Chun) and Erkui (Han Geng) head off to take revenge on Yue, humiliating him in an onstage duel and being crowned as the new kings of opera. Life becomes more complicated despite their success, with Yue's disciple Xi Mulan (Barbie Hsu) trying to play them off against each other and with Erkui still craving vengeance for the murder of his family.

My Kingdom is an interesting prospect, and the idea of offering a different, flashier take on Chinese opera is a good one, combining enough detail authentic touches for buffs, whilst at the same time making the subject more commercial and accessible to general audiences. Although the film may sound like an odd mix of genres and ideas, the plot essentially boils down to a fairly familiar and predictable story of brotherhood and revenge. However, the central story is engaging enough and well handled, working in sufficient subplots and twists to keep things fresh, if convoluted and at times unfocused. Wu Chun and Han Geng are both fine in their roles, and though more convincing during the film's less serious scenes, this is mainly due to their characters being written with broad strokes and without too much depth rather than any fault of their own. The film is in general a bit too overwrought to be taken seriously, though its melodrama is amusing enough and there are a fair number of amusingly camp and hysterical scenes which help to keep the viewer entertained.

Also enjoyable are the film's frequent action scenes, which showcase some great choreography by the ever-dependable Sammo Hung, which serve well to inject a little pace. The opera showdowns are the best of the fight sequences, in particular the early bout between Yuen Biao and Yu Rong Guang and the elaborate set piece which pits Yu against Wu Chun and Han Geng, both of whom acquit themselves well enough.

The film's visuals are undoubtedly its greatest strength, with some opulent costumes, excellent set design and production values that are colourful and eye catching. At the same time, the film occasionally dips into noir territory, making good use of light and shadow to create a suitable atmosphere of danger and subterfuge. The period recreation has a convincing, lavish feel, bringing to life the glory and elegance of 1920s Shanghai without much in the way of obvious CGI. Although Gao Xiao Song doesn't really excel as a director or add any kind of personal stamp to the proceedings, he does a competent enough job and the film is stylish without being too excessive.

My Kingdom is certainly one of the more interesting period blockbusters from China of the last year, and whilst it doesn't quite fulfil its potential it's creative and fun, not to mention incredibly handsome. Chinese opera is always a fascinating theme, and the film makes good use of its premise, making it an entertaining watch, especially for fans of the lead duo.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "My Kingdom (2011) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (3)

Kevin Kennedy
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September 15, 2014

This customer review refers to My Kingdom (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

A good start squandered Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
The first thirty minutes of "My Kingdom" immerse viewers in the colorful world of Beijing Opera, while building the stories of two young men with grudges they seek to avenge. The family of Meng Erkui (Han Geng, of boy band Super Junior fame) was executed by China's last Prince Regent, for reasons which the movie leaves unexplained. Erkui survived only due to his fine singing voice. Erkui and Guan Yilong (Wu Chun, of boy band Fahrenheit fame) are trained for greatness in the opera world under Beijing's Master Yu (Yuen Biao), who has been awarded by the Prince Regent with a plaque recognizing Yu as the nation's greatest opera warrior. Shanghai's Master Yue (Yu Rongguang) covets the plaque and challenges Yu to a duel.

All of this is told in exciting fashion, with brilliant opera costumes and exceptional action choreography from Sammo Hung. It's a particular treat to see veterans Yuen Biao and Yu Rongguang square off. Unfortunately, the remaining sixty-five minutes of the film spend very little time on opera action and far too much time on clumsy melodrama, told through a leaden script with deadly overacting. Suffice it to say, Yilong wants revenge against Master Yue, Erkui wants revenge against the offspring of the Prince Regent, Barbie Hsu (who plays the lead actress in Master Yue's troop) wants revenge against someone except when she doesn't, and, given the way he is coiffed and dressed, magician Liu Qian, laughably miscast as the police chief of Shanghai's British Concession, apparently wants to audition for Han Geng's old position in Super Junior.

How clumsy is the story? We are told that the Prince Regent had seven sons that Erkui wants to kill. After three of them are dead, we are told that only two remain alive, then, when Erkui has killed six and only injured the person he believes is the seventh, we are told that he has taken seven lives. Oh well, who's counting? At one point, Yilong falls to his knees and prays to his former master Yu, "You have left us too soon!" However, the script never previously has given us any hint that Yu has passed away. And don't get me started on how bad the music is during the later action scenes.

Here's my advice: Enjoy the first 30 minutes, then find something else to do.
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Hesperus
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September 26, 2012

This customer review refers to My Kingdom (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Thailand Version)
My Kingdom Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The movie itself really is striking. I have to agree completely with "HyoMin-ah". However, there's only one reason for me not to give this product a 10/10. When watching the movie in Chinese (Mandarin) it is not the voices of the actors themselves but dubbed vocies. And since I've seen the movie with the real voices, it was a slight disappointment when I realized that it was actually dubbed in this version. However, it does not destroy the movie at all and it's still striking as when I first saw it but being a dubbed version it only gets an 8/10.
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HyoMin-ah
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January 31, 2012

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My Kingdom Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I was extremely excited to see this. This is an EXCELLENT movie. It didn't disappoint!!

Intensive fight scenes. Striking costumes. Excellent acting from all of the actors and actresses involved. Wonderful script. It was drama, action, romance, revenge, and tragedy all rolled into one movie. This certainly DID NOT disappoint me, and I highly recommend anyone who's a fan of: Han Geng, Wu Chun, Barbie Hsu, martial arts, love, sadness, anger, revenge, drama, action, romance...any of these elements--I recommend that you watch this film. I can't wait to watch it again.
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