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Wheat (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Wang Zhi Wen (Actor) | Huang Jue (Actor) | He Ping (Director)
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After Warriors of Heaven and Earth in 2004, Mainland director He Ping returns five years later with the long-awaited historical drama Wheat. Set during the Warring States period of ancient China, the film stars Fan Bingbing (A Battle of Wits) as one of many Zhao women who unwittingly take in two enemy Qin soldiers played by Huang Jue (Everlasting Regret) and funnyman Du Jiayi. Backdropped by the great war and upheaval of the times, Wheat tells a smaller but no less poignant story of reluctant soldiers, waiting women, and the importance of harvest that yields both bawdy humor and devastating tragedy. Also co-starring veteran actors Wang Xueqi (Forever Enthralled) and Wang Zhiwen (Together), the film eschews genre conventions, letting small lives play out with great significance amid beautiful rolling fields of golden Wheat.

Harvest time has come, and Qin warrior Xia (Huang Jue) is determined to go home to reap his farmland. Pursued by troops, he and a fellow deserter, mouthy tagalong Zhe (Du Jiayi), find refuge in a Zhao village full of women waiting for their husbands and sons to return from war. Knowing full well that the men of Zhao were all slaughtered following their defeat to Qin in the Battle of Changping, Xia and Zhe have no choice but to pose as Zhao men and bide for time. They quickly make up a story of Zhao victory to Lady Li (Fan Bingbing) and the village women, but what happens when the truth is revealed?

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Product Title: Wheat (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 長平大戰之麥田 (DVD) (台灣版) 长平大战之麦田 (DVD) (台湾版) 麦田 (台湾版) Wheat (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Wang Zhi Wen (Actor) | Huang Jue (Actor) | Wang Ji (Actor) | Wang Xue Qi (Actor) 范冰冰 (Actor) | 王 志文 (Actor) | 黃覺 (Actor) | 王姬 (Actor) | 王學圻 (Actor) 范冰冰 (Actor) | 王 志文 (Actor) | 黄觉 (Actor) | 王姬 (Actor) | 王学圻 (Actor) 范冰冰 (ファン・ビンビン) (Actor) | 王志文 (ワン・チーウェン) (Actor) | 黄覚(ホァン・ジュエ) (Actor) | 王姬 (ワン・ジー) (Actor) | 王學圻(ワン・シュエイン) (Actor) Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Wang Zhi Wen (Actor) | Huang Jue (Actor) | Wang Ji (Actor) | Wang Xue Qi (Actor)
Director: He Ping 何平 (中國) 何平 (中国) 何平 (ハー・ピン) He Ping
Release Date: 2009-12-22
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 103 (mins)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021885295

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導  演:何平

故事發生在戰國時代,趙國的一座小城-潞邑。三年前,城主劇蔥大人(王學圻 飾)剛剛和年輕美貌的驪(范冰冰 飾)完婚,就奉趙王之令,率領城中所有12歲以上的男人去參加長平之戰。驪和婦孺老幼們每一天都期盼著趙國能打退秦國,男人們好早點回來。

長平,趙軍大敗,秦軍連夜屠殺俘獲的趙卒,場面既殘酷又悲愴。秦兵暇(黃覺 飾)為了回家豐收的慾望,悄悄離開了戰場。在逃離路上,暇遇到了年輕的秦兵輒(杜家毅 飾),兩人性格迥異,從相互猜疑到一起踏上了歸鄉之路。 可同時,一支又一支秦軍糾察隊也在設局捕殺秦趙兩國的逃兵……

黎明,潞邑的河邊出現了昏厥的暇和輒,女人們將他們救進城。兩人醒來得知身陷趙城萬分恐懼,只好謊稱自己也是趙國人。潞邑的女人們看到兩個『趙卒』,興奮不已,她們希望從兩個『趙卒』嘴裡聽到戰爭和男人們的消息,開始用最好的禮儀款待他們。

而兩個秦國人知道趙國的男人們早已死在屠殺中,為了活命,暇和輒在全城女人們的亢奮面前編造了趙國大勝秦軍的謊言。得知趙國大勝秦國,舉城亢奮。暇和輒被當作了趙國的英雄,那種榮耀是他倆從未領略過的。

但城主夫人驪和祭司婆(王姬 飾)對整個事件保持著冷靜和一些說不清道不明的猜疑,可是,謊言也許比真實更容易被接受……而屠城的危險也在一點點降臨到城中每一個人的頭上……
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Professional Review of "Wheat (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

January 22, 2010

This professional review refers to Wheat (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Director He Ping's Wheat takes place during China's Warring States Period, specifically the conflict between the states of Zhao and Qin. The history books state that Qin was the eventual winner, but those not versed in history should still know about Qin's dominance since they probably saw how kickass the Qin were in such fine films as Hero, The Emperor and the Assassin, and, yep, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Basically, the Qin won, united China, appointed Qin Shi-Huang as China's First Emperor, and made the people of Zhao their subjects. Everybody should know that the Qin figuratively and literally ruled.

However, insanely beautiful Zhao citizen Lady Li (Fan Bing-Bing) doesn't know, though her lack of Qin knowledge is far from her fault. Lady Li presides over the remote Zhao town of Lu Yi, composed entirely of women ever since Lady Li's beloved, Lord Cu Jong (Wang Xueqi), left to fight the Qin along with all of Lu Yi's men. Left alone, the women tend Lu Yu's golden fields of wheat while anxiously awaiting word from the front. Two soldiers, Xia (Huang Jue) and Zhe (Du Jiayi) wash up on the riverbank, and after awakening they bring news that Zhao has emerged triumphant. However, they're not being straight with the ladies - Qin actually triumphed, Lu Yi's men are all dead, and it's only a matter of time before Qin soldiers start trampling their lovely wheat. It'll be bad times all around, and Xia and Zhe can help if they just come clean.

But they won't, and here's why: Xia and Zhe are (not a spoiler!) really AWOL Qin soldiers, and telling a bunch of Zhao women that they're the enemy - plus that the Zhao men are dead - would be unwise. Their reasons for going AWOL differ somewhat; Zhe is a spineless coward who wants to escape the battlefield, while Xia is an elite warrior who's abandoning the soldiering life because he's tired and its harvest time in his hometown, where they grow - what else - wheat. However, while fleeing their Zhao comrades, who're instructed to behead any deserters, the two jump from a cliff into a river, eventually ending up in Lu Yi. There, they pretend to be Zhao guys and enjoy the hospitality of the world's most glamorous wheat farmer and her women-only town. Ain't life grand?

Well, not really. While Wheat has the makings of an anti-war comedy like Welcome to Dongmakgol, it's decidedly a drama, with the film's tension derived from the two soldiers' deception and Lady Li's growing suspicion that the men aren't exactly telling the truth. The story is an engaging one, and He Ping mounts it admirably with beautiful locations, gorgeous cinematography, and flawless production design. The actors follow suit, giving their performances an obvious but affecting theatricality that works well considering the story's tragic undertones and carefully-arranged production values. At times, Wheat plays like well-adapted theater, with dialogue performed in a strong, purposeful manner. At the same time, visuals carry more than a few sequences and the physical performances are very sharp. Superficially, Wheat is an excellent and compelling film.

Digging a little deeper, however, there are some flaws. The film doesn't entirely earn its conclusion, which makes sense but seems to deflate rather than reward the audience. The themes are obviously anti-war, with war's hopelessness and irony taking its toll on everyone involved. However, many of the situations are only subtly explored. The film never develops the connection between Xia and Lady Li, who share little more than a few glances. Also, it's implied that the Zhao men's deception becomes two-sided - that is, while some Zhao women suspect, they play along with the two soldiers if only to keep their world from crashing in. That idea, while exceptionally worthy, is never explored satisfactorily. He Ping creates fine tension, but doesn't fully take advantage of his situations. While the film is thematically involving, it lacks the varied emotions to become truly engaging.

It also doesn't help that the sniveling Zhe is one of the most frightfully annoying supporting characters put to film. There's truth in Zhe's pathetic nature, but his character and Du Jiayi's performance ultimately prove alienating. Thankfully, the character is offset by the more well-rounded Xia, who's given strong presence by Huang Jue. Also impressive is Wang Zhiwen, who shows up in a great cameo as a white-haired bandit who threatens the town. Anchoring things is Fan Bing-Bing, whose fabulous looks prove to be no hindrance; Fan has long seemed earmarked for flower vase duty, but she's shown remarkable progression, and brings a real gravity and emotion to her roles. The actors help push Wheat beyond its flaws - though really, the film is solid enough to impress. Cynically speaking, it's easy to see where He Ping could have made improvements, but that quibbling diminishes what Wheat is already able to accomplish.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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August 1, 2021

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'Wheat' provides a rich harvest Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
'Wheat' is a superb historical drama which helps us understand the horrors of China's Warring States period by presenting them on a scale to which we all can relate.

The wheat has ripened in the fields, and elite Qin warrior Xia (Huang Jie) goes AWOL from the war against Zhou in order to return home and harvest his crops. Unfortunately for him, he can't shake halfwit fellow warrior Zhe (Du Jiayi), who realizes his own best chance of escaping the war is to stay close to Xia. Zhe's bumbling presence tips off a Qin squad which is slaying soldiers fleeing the conflict. A chase ensues, which ends in Xia and Zhe forced to leap off a cliff into the river far below (director He Ping's hat tip to 'Butch Cassidy').

The unconscious bodies of Xia and Zhe wash ashore downstream near the Zhou town of Yuli, where local women bring them into their town. The two Qin warriors wake to find themselves the only men in a Zhou town in which all of its male citizens went off to do battle with the Qin. The two men are brought before Lady Li (Fan Bing Bing), newlywed to the town's lord who led the local men into battle, and the town's female shaman (Wang Ji). To save their own skins, Xia and Zhe concoct a story in which they claim to be Zhou warriors returning from winning the war against the Qin.

This fiction creates rapturous celebrations among the Yuli women, but soon cracks in the story begin to appear. Can the women place their trust in the men? He Ping spins his story in an imaginative and occasionally humorous manner. Fan Bing Bing gives a standout performance, bringing a doomed nobility to her role. The film is beautifully lensed by cinematographer Zhao Xiao Shi. 'Wheat' is powerful, moving and very human. Very highly recommended.
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