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A Battle Of Wits (DVD) (2-Disc Regular Edition) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region All

Andy Lau (Actor) | Nicky Wu (Actor) | Ahn Sung Ki (Actor) | Choi Si Won (Super Junior) (Actor)
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This version comes with 86 minutes of extras, including teasers and trailers, a making-of featurette, interviews with Jacob Cheung, Andy Lau, and Nicky Wu, photo gallery, plus more!

Andy Lau portrays a superhero in ancient China - not the kind of heroes that possess great martial arts skills frequently appearing in this genre, but a man who fights tough battles with great intelligence. Director Jacob Cheung, renowned for making contemporary-set movies such as The Kid (with Leslie Cheung), presents his first period epic A Battle of Wits which pleases movie fans with the magnificent, realistic war scenes and its thought-provoking content. Adapted from a popular Japanese manga titled Bokko, A Battle of Wits features Korean veteran Ahn Sung Ki and handsome Super Junior member Choi Si Won. Cast also includes Taiwanese singer Nicky Wu, Fan Bingbing from A Chinese Tall Story, and Mainland actor Wang Zhiwen.

Besides witty battle strategies, A Battle of Wits creates greater interest with its philosophical content about Mohism, a belief in universal love and peace that actually existed in Chinese history. The main character of the film, Ge Le, successfully delivered by Andy Lau, is a follower of Mohism. The story takes place in the city-state of Liang, ruled by the incapable King (Wang Zhiwen), which is now the target of invasion from its neighboring kingdom. The Kingdom of Zhao sends ten thousand soldiers led by the renowned general Xiang Yanzhong (Ahn Sung Ki) in attempt to conquer this little city-state, inhabited by only 4000. The King of Liang secured assistance from the followers of Mohism, but he never expected that they would only send the shabbily dressed Ge Le...

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Product Title: A Battle Of Wits (DVD) (2-Disc Regular Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 墨攻 (DVD) (雙碟平裝版) (香港版) 墨攻 (DVD) (双碟平装版) (香港版) 墨攻 (2枚組通常版) (香港版) A Battle Of Wits (DVD) (2-Disc Regular Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Andy Lau (Actor) | Nicky Wu (Actor) | Ahn Sung Ki (Actor) | Choi Si Won (Super Junior) (Actor) | Wang Zhi Wen (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Tsui Siu Ming | He Wei | Kawai Kenji | Sakamoto Zensyo | Yi Zhen Zhou | Kwong Chi Leung 劉 德華 (Actor) | 吳奇隆 (Actor) | 安聖基 (Actor) | 始源 (Super Junior) (Actor) | 王 志文 (Actor) | 范冰冰 (Actor) | 徐小明 | 何威 | 川井憲次 | 阪本善尚 | 易振洲 | 鄺 志良 刘 德华 (Actor) | 吴奇隆 (Actor) | 安圣基 (Actor) | 始源 (Super Junior) (Actor) | 王 志文 (Actor) | 范冰冰 (Actor) | 徐小明 | 何威 | 川井宪次 | 阪本善尚 | 易振洲 | 邝志良 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) (Actor) | 呉奇隆 (ニッキー・ウー) (Actor) | アン・ソンギ (Actor) | チェ・シウォン (Actor) | 王志文 (ワン・チーウェン) (Actor) | 范冰冰 (ファン・ビンビン) (Actor) | 徐小明(チョイ・シウミン) | He Wei | 川井憲次 | 阪本善尚 | Yi Zhen Zhou | Kwong Chi Leung 유덕화 (Actor) | Nicky Wu (Actor) | 안 성기 (Actor) | 최시원 (Actor) | Wang Zhi Wen (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Tsui Siu Ming | He Wei | Kawai Kenji | Sakamoto Zensyo | Yi Zhen Zhou | Kwong Chi Leung
Director: Jacob Cheung 張之亮 张之亮 張之亮(ジェイコブ・チャン) Jacob Cheung
Action Director: Tung Wai 董瑋 董玮 董瑋 (トン・ワイ) Tung Wai
Release Date: 2007-02-01
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1, 1.33 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 133 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Other Information: 2DVDs
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004623955

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* Screen Format :
~ DISC 1:2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
~ DISC 2:4:3 (Full Screen)
* Sound Mix:
~ DISC 1:DTS ES 6.1 EX, Dolby Digital
~ DISC 2: Dolby Digital 2.0
* Special Features:
~ DISC 1:133分鐘片長
~ DISC 2:
- 特別收錄 (約86分鐘精彩內容,附中文字幕)
- 電影預告 (Teaser、預告);
- 製作「墨」集區:製作特輯;
- 人物專訪─劉德華、張之亮、吳奇隆;
- 畫廊 (南北中日韓海報、手稿、電影分鏡圖、相片廊);
- 首映花絮 (香港、北京、上海、深圳)

導演︰張之亮
Director: Jacob Chang

  距今兩千兩百多年,中華大地尚在諸國紛爭,群雄爭霸的時期。此時,強大的趙國想要一舉攻打燕國,而實現這個計劃的首要條件就是要先攻破夾在趙燕之間的梁國。於是,趙國大將軍巷淹中奉命率領十萬大軍,逼近僅僅只有孺婦平民4000餘人的梁城。

  危難之時,梁王(王志文飾)向以守城見長的墨家請求一支可以抵抗十萬大軍的守軍。但是梁王等到的卻是一個其貌不揚、孤身應戰的墨者─革離(劉德華飾)。

  不可一世的趙兵對這位來自墨家的無名小卒鄙視之極。但革離卻出奇制勝,奮勇抵擋趙軍二千兵馬的偷襲,令趙軍束手無策,無功而返。 及後,革離帶領梁城上下全心練兵,親自製造無數特別武器的革離,加強梁城防守實力,應付趙軍隨時而來的龐大攻擊,使得梁城上下,無不對革離佩服。但是,突然到來的墨家傳人揭開了一個驚天秘密……

  The movie is based on a popular 11-volume manga series from Japan titled Bokko. Back in the Warring States in 243 B.C., China was torn among seven states, each with their own individual ruler. Smaller and weaker states often fell prey to larger and stronger ones as their ambitious rulers strived endlessly for expansion through invasion. State Yan was one of those unfortunate victims, with State Zhao eyeing them to feast on. The troops from State Zhao, led by daring Commander Xiang Yanzhong, were determined to take over State Yan. They knew they had to control of City Liang, on the outskirts of State Yan, in order to win the battle.
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Professional Review of "A Battle Of Wits (DVD) (2-Disc Regular Edition) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 24, 2007

This professional review refers to A Battle Of Wits (2-Disc Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Andy Lau goes to war in Battle of Wits, a period action drama set during China's famed Warring States Period. As history tells us, during that particular period of time (around 475 to 221 BC), China was split into numerous states, each attempting to usurp and conquer each other. The country would eventually be unified under Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China, whose story was famously fictionalized in Zhang Yimou's celebrated Hero. That film was a beautifully-told epic that placed martial arts superheroes in China's dusty but beautiful barren landscapes. Those same dusty landscapes return for Battle of Wits, but the martial arts superheroes are nowhere to be seen. Battle of Wits eschews the big-budget Asian Cinema trend, opting out of gorgeous costumes and opulent art direction for grounded production values that seem much more real. That's right: nobody flies in Battle of Wits. Score one against Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.

Battle of Wits takes place during 370 BC, in the small city-state of Liang, which finds itself threatened by the much larger kingdom of Zhao. Liang only possesses a handful of soldiers compared to Zhao's fast-approaching thousands, who are led by their renowned general Xiang Yanzhang (Korean actor Ahn Sung-Ki). But Liang has an ace-in-the-hole: a promise from the Mozi tribe to send help. The Mozi are followers of Mohism, a Chinese philosophy that actually existed way back when, but has fallen out of favor since the Qin Dynasty came into being. The way the philosophy goes, it pushes a form of "Universal Love" and moral righteousness, preaching against offensive acts and wasting resources on personal extravagance - basically everything that a normal king during the time practices. As such, one would not expect Mozi to help Liang's selfish and usually drunken King (Wang Zhiwen). But Mozi help does arrive, in the form of Ge Li (Andy Lau), who shows up alone at the Liang gates wearing a hooded robe, which makes him curiously resemble a Jedi Knight. He's just one man, but within minutes he's convinced Liang's citizens to fight back, if only to protect their lives from certain cruel subjugation at Zhao's hands.

A master strategist and somewhat of a pacifist, Ge Li obviously cannot go the Seven Samurai route to kick Zhao ass, and instead teaches Liang how to defend themselves. Some people, including prince Liang Shi (Korean actor Choi Si-Won) and Liang's Royal Tutor (Wu Ma), are initially suspicious of Ge Li, as he asks for complete control of Liang's armies and total obedience in order to carry out his plan. What he doesn't want is any payment, or even cushy digs (he won't take gifts, and opts to sleep in the stables). This is a movie, so everyone agrees to this deal, letting Ge Li control their lives. As Ge Li, Andy Lau is charismatic and righteous, though the superstar's trademark strut is still conspicuous. He's initially distrusted by some of the populace, but before too long they're converted Ge Li fans. Ge Li does his part by being humble and self-effacing, and struts all over the dusty landscape like an Ancient Chinese superstar that can do no wrong. Among those who cotton to Ge Li's charms are chief archer Zi Yuan (Nicky Wu) and cavalry chief Yi Yue (Fan Bing-Bing), who starts to develop a romantic interest in Ge Li. Even Xiang Yanzhang soon grows to respect Ge Li, because on the battlefield Ge Li absolutely owns Zhao. Ge Li's brilliant defense strategy leaves Zhao with no option to retreat, and soon the whole city is in love Ge Li and his manly facial hair. However, Ge Li's popularity with the people is not well-liked by one person: the King of Liang himself. Oops.

Battle of Wits is essentially a tale of two halves. The first half of the film depicts Ge Li's arrival, rising influence, and initial clashes with Xiang Yanzhang's army. This portion of the film unfolds like a cerebral action film not unlike Seven Samurai, though it's much less incisive. The film occasionally focuses on a few lower-class individuals, affording us a cursory glimpse of the common man's view of the Zhao vs. Liang conflict. The politics and beliefs of the people are called into question, as everyone in Liang must learn to buy Ge Li's message of universal love, or reveal themselves to be selfish and generally crappy. However, the characters take a backseat to the action, which is presented on a larger scale than your typical Asian action films. There's pageantry missing, as the film goes for more realistic, grounded action and absolutely nothing in the way of punch/kick martial arts. This is a siege film, with swords, steel, blood, bodies, and the occasional wounded horse slammed together into an ancient times throwdown. The sequences are refreshing in their larger-than-normal scale, though they lack a consistency in style. There are some perfunctory sweeping shots, which reveal the use of passable, though not superior CGI, but there's also some close-up action which mars things. The action isn't always easy to follow, and some of the nighttime action is so grainy as to be distracting. Still, the first half of the film manages to entertain and even enthrall.

The second half is where the film's focus begins to waver. Once Ge Li has successfully defended Liang a few times, Zhao begins to consider retreat, which leads to a massive lull where people start behaving foolishly and talking far too much. Ge Li has proven himself as a capable, though somewhat superhuman leader, given his propensity to always be right about the enemy's actions. That aside, his success leaves the Liang's real leader, the King, somewhat in the lurch. With an assist from both the shortsighted Royal Tutor and the jealous General Niu (Chin Siu-Ho), Ge Li's status quickly falls from local hero to royal pariah. Meanwhile, the film presents large ethical debates on fairness in war, some of which are not fully explored. Ge Li professes to be honorable, and decries the mistreatment of surrendered enemies. Still, one has to wonder how a pacifist feels about being complicit in so much death. The concept of Mohism and its "Universal Love" are given much lip service in the film, but the practicality of it is a hard sell. Pessimistically, it's a philosophy doomed to failure because not everyone will buy in, and a Mozi follower makes an easy scapegoat because their humble nature allows it to happen. Greed and dishonor can easily win the day. The price of being a follower of Mozi? Just honor and virtue.

Is that what the film is selling? Honor and virtue above all? Presumably yes, as the characters who engage in honorless pragmatism generally meet a poor fate. Then again, many of those who do buy into the whole "Universal Love" concept meet bad fates too, leading to the overriding message that war basically sucks, and the people running wars should really get a clue. These themes are timeless and potent, but the film has a hard time taking advantage of the complexity they offer. Mohism is portrayed very positively in Battle of Wits, but it comes off more like unchecked idealism than a belief system that could actually work in a realistic setting. These themes don't reach a definite point either, as the ideological battles frequently get settled in anticlimactic ways. Sometimes a conflict is settled with a conversation, and not during a tide-changing battle, which isn't that exciting. Once characters begin to act cartoonishly (namely the King and his attendants), Battle of Wits starts to get somewhat tiring. Blood, death, betrayal, greed, unrequited love, honorable warriors, dishonorable villains, crappy politicians, etc. - it's all here, and it's all a bit messy.

Still, having so much to chew on can sometimes be enough, and Battle of Wits presents it well enough that it feels worthwhile. The film never explores Mohism that deeply, but it's enough to create interest, especially where Ge Li is concerned. Ge Li is a larger-than-life cinema hero whose nobility, intelligence, and righteousness are laudable, and Andy Lau ably conveys the character's honor, if not his humanity. Ahn Sung-Ki makes a charming foil, and brings far more to his character than the script really allows. The dusty, dirty setting gives the film an engaging authenticity, and though the action isn't outstanding, it considerably adds to the film's pacing and excitement. Director Jacob Cheung may not be able to assemble all of his lofty ideas in Battle of Wits into one powerful thematic whole, but he does deliver a solid, entertaining film that's worth recommending. Frankly, if you consider the entirety of Hong Kong Cinema's output in 2006, Battle of Wits could even be called a must-see. So go see it.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "A Battle Of Wits (DVD) (2-Disc Regular Edition) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.3 out of 10 (6)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.3 out of 10 (9)

Mei&Chullie
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March 20, 2008

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2 people found this review helpful

a worth to watch Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
well, this is a good movie... very worthed for andy and choi si won's fan. the story line is very good too. the cd came to my home in very good condition and no scratch.
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October 24, 2007

3 people found this review helpful

A timeless classic war film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Battle of Wits" is one of the greatest war movies I've ever seen. Its greatness lies in its realism, as the movie faithfully documents the siege of Liang by the Zhao army. Both sides of the conflict are presented in nuanced form; there are no paper-thin bad guys here. Society from upper echelons to ordinary folks are depicted clearly and accurately, in all of their jumbled mixture of altruism and self-interest. And brilliant military tactics are presented here, with battles shown in a realistic manner.

I suspect the fact that one man, Jacob Cheung, was responsible for producing, directing, and writing this terrific film was critical in maintaining the integrity of its artistic vision. And, in Andy Lau, Mr. Cheung found the perfect leading man for this role. Lau gives a truly commanding performance as Ge Li, the honorable Mozi warrior who comes to the defense of Liang. Andy shows a powerful charisma and brings tremendous physical energy to this role.

I was entirely captivated by "Battle of Wits" from start to finish. Believe me, its 133 minute running length does not feel overlong; the story never flags and the viewer's interest never wanes. This is great stuff!
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September 29, 2007

2 people found this review helpful

NOT WORTH IT Customer Review Rated Bad 3 - 3 out of 10
My first two attempts at watching this movie resulted in my falling asleep. Finally, I made a point of watching it from beginning to end managing to do so with the sound turned off and just reading the subtitles. I found problems with the casting and the acting and the directing. Most obvious to me was that the actors were acting with gestures and grimaces instead of conveying profundity from within. I felt that these gestures trivialized the characterization and the story. Also the story tries to be deep and poignant about the human condition but even if the background on Mohism and events weren't edited out, the story still lacks punch because it is too self regarding. It's obvious that cast and crew suffered in some Chinese location but failed to capture the flavor of being in China. Everyone's clothes are too neat and too modern in the carriage of wearing them. Andy Lau flicks a scarf over his shoulder as if it were something he purchased in Milan.
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July 8, 2007

4 people found this review helpful

Definately worth a watch! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Okay, at first i looked at it and was like "nahh..." and put it back down. But since my dad bought it already and it was just laying there... i later thought "why not?" and gave it a try at first it was slightly boring (mainly because i had no idea what was going on or what to expect)i haven't read the manga or know about the history. But you really get into the film, sure if you're an Andy Lau fan it helps because you're like "must watch andy" lol but he plays the character really well and also it is a really good film, it has been done nicely although there are some special effects you can tell is fake. It's not just a war story, it also asks questions about what people believe in. It really does get you involved. I think it's worth a watch and then you can decide whether you like it or not.
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March 26, 2007

4 people found this review helpful

Quality! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
From the moment I read about this movie during production, I had wanted to see it. Rarely do we see period/wuxia movies of this quality. There is no mindless action or violence, but reason and philosophical messages. What draws me into the movie is how real the characters are. The treachery of the king and his ministers shows how people are used and just thrown away. Power is all that matters, lives lost do not. A lot can be compared to modern society. Another point worth mention is the largely forgotten Mohist school of thought, a school that deserves more recognition for their contribution to Chinese culture.
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