The Banquet

The Banquet

Ziyi Zhang
Director: Feng Xiaogang Cast: Ziyi Zhang
Ziyi Zhang
, Ge You
Ge You
, Daniel Wu
Daniel Wu
Feng Xiaogang

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2008
UPC: 0796019809917
Original Release: 2006
Source: Cinedigm Catalog
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:06:00
Sales rank: 32,379

Special Features

Disc 1: ; Feature length audio commentary by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan; ; Disc 2: ; Master of Ceremonies: An exclusive interview with director Feng Xiaogang; Warrior Prince: An exclusive interview with leading man Daniel Wu; The making of Legend of the Black Scorpion; A Dynasty Uncovered: Behind the scenes on Legend of the Black Scorpion; Trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ziyi Zhang Empress Wan
Ge You Emperor Li
Daniel Wu Prince Wu Luan
Huang Xiaoming General Yin
Zhou Xun Qing Nu,Singer
Ma Jingwu Actor
Teng Geer Singer
Zhang Liangying Singer

Technical Credits
Feng Xiaogang Director
John Chong Producer
Wang Danrong Sound/Sound Designer
Tan Dun Score Composer
Qiu Gangjian Screenwriter
Sheng Heyu Screenwriter
Zhang Li Cinematographer
Liu Miaomiao Editor
Yuen Woo Ping Action Director,Executive Producer
Tim Yip Costumes/Costume Designer,Producer,Production Designer
Wang Zhongjun Producer
Wang Zhonglei Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Legend of the Black Scorpion: Film
1. The Prince & the Empress [9:48]
2. When Sorrows Come... [8:44]
3. The Prince's Return [13:55]
4. The Dragon & the Phoenix [9:55]
5. Rehearsal [12:24]
6. Poison of the Heart [7:33]
7. The Play's the Thing [13:16]
8. Loyalties [8:38]
9. 100 Days [11:16]
10. The Banquet [7:22]
11. Undying Love [10:56]
12. Goodnight, Sweet Prince [8:47]
13. Her Majesty, the Emperor [5:37]
14. End Credits [2:39]

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