Legend of the Black Scorpion [Blu-ray] [2006]

  • SKU: 9903249
  • Release Date: 10/26/2010
  • Rating: NR
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
67% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 3)

Special Features


  • Audio Commentary by Hong Kong Cinema Expert Bey Logan
  • Master Of Ceremonies: An Exclusive Interview with Director Feng Xiaogang
  • Warrior Prince: An Exclusive Interiview with Leading Man Daniel Wu
  • A Dynasty Uncovered: Behind The Scenes on Legend Of The Black Scorpion
  • Trailer Gallery

Synopsis


The Banquet
A World Without Thieves director Feng Xiaogang shifts his focus from modern-day con artists to tenth century intrigue with this tale of internal turmoil in the age of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms starring Zhang Ziyi, Daniel Wu, and Ge You. Her empire on the verge of a massive revolution as storms begin to brew both within the royal court as well as in the outlying kingdoms, the entrancing Empress Wan (Zhang) gazes upon her stepson, Prince Wu Luan (Wu), with the eyes of a forbidden lover rather than a caring mother. When the emperor dies an unexpected death and his younger brother Li (Ge) ascends to the throne, Empress Wan marries the newly appointed sovereign as a means of both protecting her beloved Wu Luan and cementing her position within the royal court. When assassins dispatched by Emperor Li fail in their attempt to silence Wu Luan and his majesty subsequently announces a lavish banquet, Empress Wan and Wu Luan realize that the time has finally come for them to take action against the murderous despot. The film demonstrates tremendous influence by Shakespearean plays, specifically Hamlet and Macbeth. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Zhang Ziyi
    Zhang Ziyi - Empress Wan
  • Ge You
    Ge You - Emperor Li
  • Daniel Wu
    Daniel Wu - Prince Wu Luan
  • Zhou Xun
    Zhou Xun - Qing Nu
  • Ma Jingwu
    Ma Jingwu



Customer rating

4.3
67%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the greatest set and costume movies

    Posted
    QEG

    I loved this movie "The Banquet" I guess they changed the name in hopes of better sales. The set design is awesome not using any CGI to make it look bigger or more impressive. Some of the style resembles Lord of the Rings and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon but still holds well on it's own as well as the story adapted from Hamlet. I think what kills this movie for the average view is the ending which requires some thinking. I have come up with appropriate ending theory that makes sense. I have not gone through all the extras yet but have listen to the commentary that was very informative. When I purchased this bluray I noticed a Best Buy exclusive sticker on it so for now you will not find it retailed anywhere else.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great visual execution, but lacking substance

    Posted
    Playstatement
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    I originally went into this movie with a pretty high exception given the reviews listed and not that its devoid of complete merit but it lacked in alot of areas. I was expecting a movie in vain of the classics such as hero, curse of the golden flower, or house of flying daggers, and maybe that was to high an expectation, so as much as it wasn't my cup of tea, for many others it has been, but it never really took off, while it looked great on the surface no character seemed really well done in the acting department and you never really cared for them. Just my opinion

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    top end modern Chinese cinema

    Posted
    kpcl

    top end modern Chinese cinema. Has all elements of visual, auditory and literary entertainment, truly a high budget movie that stands well above the usual junk produced from HongKong. It can be watched over and over without boredom; has detailed emotional nuances and music to match. Comparable to AMerican classics such as DR zhivago, Ben Hur, etc . A serious instrospective on how the Chinese people think and behave.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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