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Leon Lai (Actor) | Jordan Chan (Actor) | Zhang Han Yu (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor)
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White Vengeance (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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With the success of Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, Hong Kong filmmaker Daniel Lee tackles another mind-blowing Chinese historical war epic! In White Vengeance, the acclaimed writer-director offers an intriguing reinterpretation of the Banquet at Hongmen, the decisive incident that took place in the turbulent years of the Chu-Han Contention following the fall of the Qin dynasty some 2,200 years ago. Leon Lai (Forever Enthralled) stars as ambitious rebel leader Liu Bang, who is invited to the banquet hosted by his arch-rival Xiang Yu, played against type by TV idol William Feng (Palace). As the focal point of this intense and thrilling historical tale, the banquet becomes a deadly battle of wits and guts between the two contending heroes and their aides, played by Anthony Wong (Punished), Zhang Hanyu (Assembly), and Jordon Chan (Once a Gangster). In addition, the star-studded cast also boasts the presence of Andy On (True Legend) as Liu Bang's military ally Han Xin, and Crystal Liu (A Chinese Ghost Story) as Xiang Yu's lover Yuji.

In the final years of the Qin dynasty, China is in complete chaos, and whoever takes control of the fallen Qin capital Xianyang will effectively ascend the throne to be the new Emperor. Western Chu's warrior king Xiang Yu is the most prominent candidate to rise to power, while his sworn brother Liu Bang has somewhat reluctantly become another warlord. Although Liu Bang's Han army reaches Xianyang first, he knows that he is no match for the powerful Xiang Yu, so he prudently retreats and pledges allegiance to him. However, Xiang Yu's chief strategist Fan Zeng (Anthony Wong) recognizes Liu Bang's ambitions, and he decides to lay a trap in the guise of a banquet to uproot this threat once and for all. Liu Bang knows the hidden danger, but his loyal advisor Zhang Liang (Zhang Hanyu) urges him to attend the banquet no matter what, or risk being crushed mercilessly by Xiang Yu's mighty forces. Can Liu Bang escape the deadly plot at the banquet, and turn the tide in his favor?

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Product Title: White Vengeance (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 鴻門宴 (2011) (VCD) (香港版) 鸿门宴 (2011) (VCD) (香港版) 鴻門宴 (2011) (VCD) (香港版) White Vengeance (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Banquet at Hongmen Banquet at Hongmen Banquet at Hongmen Banquet at Hongmen Banquet at Hongmen
Artist Name(s): Leon Lai (Actor) | Jordan Chan (Actor) | Zhang Han Yu (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Crystal Liu (Actor) | Chen Kuan Tai (Actor) | Wu Ma (Actor) | Du Yu Ming (Actor) | Ding Hai Feng (Actor) | Jia Qing (Actor) | William Feng (Actor) | Zhao Hui Nan (Actor) | Chen Zhi Huai (Actor) | Xu Xiang Dong (Actor) | Du Yi Heng (Actor) | Zhao Wen Hao (Actor) | Sun Wen Ting (Actor) 黎明 (Actor) | 陳小春 (Actor) | 張涵予 (Actor) | 黃 秋生 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 劉亦菲 (Actor) | 陳觀泰 (Actor) | 午馬 (Actor) | 杜玉明 (Actor) | 丁海峰 (Actor) | 賈青 (Actor) | 馮 紹峰 (Actor) | 趙會南 (Actor) | 陳之輝 (Actor) | 徐向東 (Actor) | 杜 奕衡 (Actor) | 趙 文浩 (Actor) | 孫 文婷 (Actor) 黎明 (Actor) | 陈小春 (Actor) | 张涵予 (Actor) | 黄 秋生 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 刘亦菲 (Actor) | 陈观泰 (Actor) | 午马 (Actor) | 杜玉明 (Actor) | 丁海峰 (Actor) | 贾青 (Actor) | 冯 绍峰 (Actor) | 赵会南 (Actor) | 陈之辉 (Actor) | 徐向东 (Actor) | 杜 奕衡 (Actor) | 赵 文浩 (Actor) | 孙 文婷 (Actor) 黎明(レオン・ライ) (Actor) | 陳小春 (ジョーダン・チャン) (Actor) | 張涵予 (チャン・ハンユー) (Actor) | 黄秋生 (アンソニー・ウォン) (Actor) | 安志杰(アンディ・オン) (Actor) | 劉亦菲(リウ・イーフェイ) (Actor) | 陳観泰(チェン・クアンタイ) (Actor) | 午馬(ウー・マー) (Actor) | Du Yu Ming (Actor) | Ding Hai Feng (Actor) | Jia Qing (Actor) | 馮紹峰(ウィリアム・フォン) (Actor) | Zhao Hui Nan (Actor) | Chen Zhi Huai (Actor) | Xu Xiang Dong (Actor) | Du Yi Heng (Actor) | Zhao Wen Hao (Actor) | Sun Wen Ting (Actor) Leon Lai (Actor) | Jordan Chan (Actor) | Zhang Han Yu (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Crystal Liu (Actor) | Chen Kuan Tai (Actor) | Wu Ma (Actor) | Du Yu Ming (Actor) | Ding Hai Feng (Actor) | Jia Qing (Actor) | 풍소봉 (Actor) | Zhao Hui Nan (Actor) | Chen Zhi Huai (Actor) | Xu Xiang Dong (Actor) | Du Yi Heng (Actor) | Zhao Wen Hao (Actor) | Sun Wen Ting (Actor)
Director: Daniel Lee 李仁港 李 仁港 李仁港 (ダニエル・リー) Lee Ren Gang
Action Director: Leung Siu Hung 梁小熊 梁小熊 梁小熊 (トニー・リャン) LIANG XIAO XIONG
Release Date: 2012-01-20
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: IIB
Duration: 138 (mins)
Publisher: Mei Ah (HK)
Other Information: 2VCD
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030259741

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Director: Lee Ren Gang

White Vengeance is the turning point in Xiang Yu and Liu Bang's contend for supremacy. At the beginning, Liu Bang is at disadvantage, being threatened by growing crisis. He is inferior to Xiang Yu from all sides. However, Xiang Yu lets Liu off. When they confront with each other again, it becomes a final fight between two equally powerful opponents. At last, Liu Bang beats Xiang Yu and wins the whole country. The reason for Xiang Yu's failure is that he has too much confidence in himself and others. Nevertheless, he still wins the heart of the woman he loves. On the contrary, Liu Bang regrets attending the White Vengeance before his death, because he couldn't trust anyone and lose the woman he loves ever since the White Vengeance. He kills those who have contributed to his success in order to keep his power and position. Without friends and the true love, he could never taste the joy of happiness even though he owns the power.
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Awards

This film has received 4 award nomination(s).
  • Hong Kong Films Awards 2012
    • Best Art Direction Nomination
    • Best Costume & Make Up Design Nomination
    • Best Original Film Score Nomination
    • Best Sound Design Nomination
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Professional Review of "White Vengeance (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

April 17, 2012

This professional review refers to White Vengeance (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Although its odd English title might suggest some kind of racially themed thriller, White Vengeance is actually Hong Kong director Daniel Lee latest Chinese historical epic, following up on Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon and Donnie Yen vehicle 24 Blades. This time, Lee has chosen a weighty subject in the Hongmen Banquet, a landmark event which took place over 2000 years ago when various factions were vying for control after the fall of the Qin Dynasty. The prestigious blockbuster has a typically all-star cast, headlined by Leon Lai (Bodyguards and Assassins) and television star William Feng (Palace), with support from the legendary Anthony Wong (The Untold Story), Zhang Hanyu (Assembly), Jordon Chan (Once a Gangster), Andy On (True Legend) and actress Crystal Liu (recently in the Chinese Ghost Story remake).

The film begins in China during the last years of the Qin Dynasty, with the capture of the fallen Qin capital city Xianyang likely to decide who becomes the next Emperor. Although currently leading the race is Western Chu leader Xiang Yu (William Feng), an ambitious warrior determined to rule the land, it's actually his sworn brother Liu Bang (Leon Lai) who reaches Xianyang first. Initially persuaded by the other warlords to claim victory and the throne for himself, Liu Bang soon realises he will not be able to match Xiang Yu in battle, and agrees to swear allegiance to him and hand over the city. However, Xiang Yu's strategist Fan Zeng (Anthony Wong) believes Liu Bang has other motivations, and advises him to hold a banquet to try and settle things for once and for all.

This synopsis really only scratches the surface, and there really is a great deal going on in White Vengeance Daniel Lee clearly aiming for an exhaustive cinematic exploration of events. Although anyone hoping for a glimpse of ancient Chinese cuisine might be disappointed by the lack of an actual banquet at the Hongmen Banquet, the film packs a huge amount of historical detail and an extensive cast of characters and subplots into its two hours and fifteen minute long running time. Lee does a decent good job of handling all of this without overloading too much, though things do get a bit hard to follow at times, audiences with a basic grounding in Chinese history being more likely to get to grips quicker. There's a great deal of talk along the way, and to be fair, the film's middle section is a little dense, requiring a fair amount of concentration - itself not necessarily a bad thing, depending on the viewer's disposition.

Thankfully, the story is a powerful and fascinating one, enough so to hold the interest throughout, and Lee wins points for attempting to flesh out the event and its players rather than simply using it as an excuse for action and drama. The film shows a pleasing focus on tactics and strategy along with character, with a philosophical approach to its constantly shifting allegiances and scheming, and this is a definite strong point, giving it a different feel to other historical epics. The cast are generally up to the task, even if Leon Lai's performance feels oddly reticent at times, and this adds an all important shot of believability to the story that grounds some of the inevitable melodrama and impassioned speeches which crop up during the final act.

Lee is of course thought of primarily as an action director, and after the build up White Vengeance certainly delivers in terms of battle scenes, with some magnificent and ambitiously large scale engagements. The film is visually very impressive, with some excellent sweeping aerial camera work that lends the proceedings both excitement and a touch of pomp, underlining the sheer scale of its conflict. The action and martial arts sequences are all well choreographed and frequently bloody, and the film benefits from not showing the kind of stylistic overload which has proved so distracting in many of its peers, Lee instead aiming for a somewhat grittier look and feel.

As a result, White Vengeance comes across kind of like Red Cliff with more depth, mixing brotherhood and epic clashes with an engrossing line in historical detail. Although it may lose a few viewers during its long first and second acts, it's a very worthwhile and in many ways quite laudable effort, and both one of Daniel Lee's best films and one of the better Chinese period epics of late.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "White Vengeance (2011) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)

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February 21, 2012

This customer review refers to White Vengeance (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
4 people found this review helpful

Good but not perfect Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
White Vengeance is a swordplay film that takes its time developing its story and characters.I thought it was an elaborate and often lavish epic film.In the heart of the frantic battle scenes lies a thriller that shows characters planning and trying to out wit,manipulate and defeat one another.
The performances,battle sequences,editing and music were done very well.The cinematography was also done well and did remind me of similar shots in previous english epic films such as Braveheart and Lord of the rings trilogy.
The part that I notice weak about the film was infact the female character.In my opinion there was no need to have a female lead.

Other than that the rest of the film was fine.
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