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Daniel Wu | Liu Ye | Chang Chen | Lu Chuan (Director)
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In 2011, two films about the Feast at Hong Gate – a pivotal event during the Chu-Han Contention that has since become popular in Chinese literature and pop culture – went into production around the same time: White Vengeance by Daniel Lee (Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon) and The Last Supper by Lu Chuan (City of Life and Death). While White Vengeance likens the deadly rivalry between Liu Bang and Xiang Yu to a game of chess, The Last Supper takes an almost operatic approach to the story, creating a grandiose, visually breathtaking epic that offers a fresh perspective on one of the most famous banquets in Chinese history. Liu Ye (City of Life and Death), Daniel Wu (Overheard) and Chang Chen (The Grandmaster) co-star in this bold, controversial film that implies the seeds of modern Chinese politics may have been planted as far back as 2,000 years ago.

After years of war that led to the establishment of the Han Dynasty, Emperor Liu Bang (Liu Ye) has become paranoid about conspirators around him and plagued by nightmares. In his nightmares, he begins to remember his rise to the throne, starting with his days as a peasant fighting the Qin ruler under the leadership of Xiang Yu (Daniel Wu). However, when Liu is suspected of betraying Xiang by entering the Qin Palace before his lord after their victory, Xiang's advisors conspire to kill Liu during a banquet at Hong Gate. Liu escapes and wins a brutal war with Xiang's forces, thanks to help from defected general Han Xin (Chang Chen). However, Liu's victory prompts him to rethink the Hong Gate banquet and the events surrounding it.

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Product Title: The Last Supper (DVD) (US Version) 王的盛宴 (2012) (DVD) (美國版) 王的盛宴 (2012) (DVD) (美国版) The Last Supper (DVD) (US Version) The Last Supper (DVD) (US Version)
Artist Name(s): Daniel Wu | Liu Ye | Chang Chen | Tao Ze Ru | Li Qi | Nie Yuan | Huo Si Yan | Qin Lan | Qi Dao | Hao Bo Jie | He Du Juan | Sha Yi 吳彥祖 | 劉燁 | 張震 | 陶澤如 | 李琦 | 聶遠 | 霍思燕 | 秦嵐 | 奇道 | 郝柏傑 | 何杜娟 | 沙溢 吴彦祖 | 刘烨 | 张震 | 陶泽如 | 李琦 | 聂远 | 霍思燕 | 秦岚 | 奇道 | 郝柏杰 | 何杜娟 | 沙溢 呉彦祖 (ダニエル・ウー)  | 劉燁 (リウ・イエ)  | 張震(チャン・チェン) | 陶澤如(タオ・ザール) | Li Qi | 聶遠(ニエ・ユエン) | 霍思燕(フオ・スーイェン) | 秦嵐(チン・ラン) | Qi Dao | Hao Bo Jie | He Du Juan | Sha Yi Daniel Wu | Liu Ye | 장첸 | Tao Ze Ru | Li Qi | 섭원 | Huo Si Yan | Qin Lan | Qi Dao | Hao Bo Jie | He Du Juan | Sha Yi
Director: Lu Chuan 陸川 陆川 ルー・チューアン Lu Chuan
Release Date: 2017-10-31
UPC Code: 883476144948
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: United States, Hong Kong, China
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Package Weight: 122 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1036130660

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Professional Review of "The Last Supper (DVD) (US Version)"

April 29, 2013

This professional review refers to The Last Supper (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
With big budget Chinese historical dramas and epics still proving incredibly popular, it shouldn't come as a surprise that two films went into production around the same time about the Feast at Hong Gate, one of the most key and controversial event in the annals of the country's history. Thankfully, the two films in question take very different approaches to the material, Daniel Lee's reasonably enjoyable 2011 outing White Vengeance having focused mainly on the battles and personal rivalries. Now appearing somewhat later out of the gate is The Last Supper, arguably the more promising of the pair due to the presence of acclaimed director Lu Chuan, whose recent City of Life and Death still stands as one of the best Chinese films of the last decade. As expected, Lu's offering is both more artistic and philosophically-minded, with Liu Ye (City of Life and Death), Daniel Wu (Overheard) and Chang Chen (The Grandmaster) taking on the legendary roles of Liu Bang, Xiang Yu and Han Xin.

Set some 2000 years ago after the formation of the Han Dynasty, the film opens with Emperor Liu Bang (Liu Ye) as an old and ailing man, still convinced that his enemies and allies are all out to overthrow him. Urged on by the Empress (Qin Lan, City of Life and Death), he plots and sets traps to capture or kill them while his strength lasts. Tortured by nightmares and visions, he reflects on the past and the key events in his rise to power, which saw him starting off as a mere peasant soldier fighting with the great Xiang Yu (Daniel Wu) against the Qin. Though Liu won many famous victories with Xiang, he risked everything by entering the fabled palace of the defeated Qin Emperor first, leading to the famous banquet at Hong Gate. Forced to flee, Liu rallied his troops, and with the support of the defecting general Han Xin (Chang Chen) was able to seize power for himself.

Although it may sound trite, a fairly accurate comparison for The Last Supper is Game of Thrones as the film is filled with the same kind of deceptions, shifting allegiances and dark political scheming, with plenty of surprises and ruthless twists along the way for viewers unfamiliar with historical events. Lu goes for a boldly skewed narrative that leaps around through flashbacks, flash-forwards, memories and visions, working in different perspectives while subtly informing the viewer of the inherent unreliability of it all ?the fact that history is written by those in power is very much the message here, and the film is quite clearly intended as a reflection of the murkiness of politics and maneuvering in present day China. The film is one long moral grey area as a result, and Lu Chuan does a fantastic job of pulling together an intelligent and gripping narrative that shows a level of depth most uncommon in other recent Chinese epics. The film has a definite Shakespearian feel to it, recalling Macbeth and King Lear in particular, and also shows the influence of some of Kurosawa's finest works, much to its benefit. The three male leads also play their parts in the film's success, Liu Ye, Daniel Wu and Chang Chen each really nailing their roles and adding great dramatic weight to the story.

Admittedly, it does help if the viewer has some knowledge or awareness of the characters and events, as the complex and dense narrative moves quickly and without making too many allowances for the uninitiated. The cast is huge, and though most players are introduced via onscreen text, some may find themselves getting a little overwhelmed, even though the film is essentially not too difficult to follow. Given the increasingly generic feel to so many Chinese historical blockbusters, this is a small price to pay for the fresh and innovative feel that Lu brings to the table. He also brings his considerable artistic talents, and the film is frequently visually stunning, mixing beautifully barren scenery with amazing sets and the odd moment of stunningly grandiose flair. The production values are impressive throughout, giving the film the rare feel of a big budget piece of art house cinema.

The Last Supperis certainly an unconventional Chinese period epic and is all the better for it, standing as the best of its kind of recent years. Though its at times unforgiving and leftfield approach might turn some viewers off, Lu Chuan is unquestionably one of the country's bravest and most accomplished directors, and the film is another fine addition to his CV.

by James Mudge –

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