Empress Wu (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3
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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!
|Product Title:||Empress Wu (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 武則天 (香港版) 武则天 (香港版) Empress Wu (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Empress Wu (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Ding Ning (Actor) | Lo Wei (Actor) | Chao Lei (Actor) | Li Li Hua (Actor) 丁寧 (Actor) | 羅維 (Actor) | 趙雷 (Actor) | 李麗華 (Actor) 丁宁 (Actor) | 罗维 (Actor) | 赵雷 (Actor) | 李丽华 (Actor) 丁寧（ティン・ニン） (Actor) | 羅維（ロー・ウェイ） (Actor) | Chao Lei (Actor) | 李麗華 （リー・リーホァ） (Actor) Ding Ning (Actor) | Lo Wei (Actor) | Chao Lei (Actor) | Li Li Hua (Actor)|
|Director:||Li Han Hsiang 李翰祥 李翰祥 李翰祥（リー・ハンシャン） Li Han Hsiang|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||2.35 : 1|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Intercontinental Video (HK)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004103418|
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Director: Li Han Haiang
The renowned Li Li-hua, who had already starred in more than fifty films, gives a magnificent performance as Wu Tse-tien, the most famous woman in China’s more than four thousand year history. The screen fairly bursts with royalty, intrigue, tragedy, and triumph as the script charts her from her teenage years to her old age all beautifully photographed by Japanese cinematographer T. Nishimoto. The glorious pagentry was awarded Honourable Mention For Drama at the Golden Horse Awards.
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January 28, 2006
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.