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Empress Wu (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Ding Ning (Actor) | Lo Wei (Actor) | Chao Lei (Actor) | Li Li Hua (Actor)
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Empress Wu (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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From deep within the fabled film vaults of the Shaw Brothers studio emerges Empress Wu, a period drama directed by Li Han Hsiang, who only a year earlier helmed the classic Huangmei Opera The Kingdom And The Beauty. Released in 1960, Empress Wu stars popular actress Li Li Hua (The Goddess Of Mercy, Between Tears And Smiles), who by that point had already starred in dozens of motion pictures. For this film, she turns in a remarkable performance as Wu Tse Tien, perhaps the most famous woman in all of China's long and storied history. This legendary lady may have been a concubine, but she eventually rose to the status of surrogate empress during the Tang Dynasty in the seventh century.

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!

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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
Release Date: 2006-01-05
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 112 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004103418

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* Screen Format: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
* Sound Mix: MONO
* Extras:
- 慕後花絮 Behind-The-Scenes
- 本片預告 Trailer
- 精選猛片預告 Other Releases
- 劇照 Color Stills
- 原裝海報 Original Poster
- 電影簡介 Production Notes
- 演員及導演簡介 Biography & Selected Filmography

導演:李翰祥
Director: Li Han Haiang

  本片為1963年第二屆金馬獎優等劇情片,為大師李翰祥執導,王月汀編劇,由金馬影后李麗華飾武則天,趙雷飾唐高宗,另有丁寧與二位導演羅維、胡金銓主演,張沖、張仲文及嚴俊客串。故事描述,武則天有傾國之貌,絕世才華;年十四,唐太宗召為才人;及太宗崩,武入感業寺為比丘尼。高宗即位,因舊時與武有染,常入寺幽會,且生兩子;事為王皇后偵悉,適皇后與蕭妃爭寵,欲以武制蕭,故鑾輿親抵寺門,面命武蓄髮還俗,迎入宮中……

  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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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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January 28, 2006

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Award-winning acting Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
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.
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