Bear Martial Arts

Banquet, The (2006)



 Ziyi Zhang, You Ge, Daniel Wu



 Xiaogang Feng


 The Story in a Nutshell

 An adaptation of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" the film is set in 907AD with the Chinese empire in chaos. The imperial  family is in civil war, with infighting rife throughout. 

 Prince Wu Luan (Daniel Wu) is in love with Little Wan (Ziyi Zhang), but his father take her as his empress. Wu Luan  then goes into exile. While away, Wu Luan's father is murdered by his Uncle, who then also takes Little Wan as his  bride.

 Wu Luan returns, setting up a final showdown with his Uncle, with power and Little Wan at stake.


 Martial Arts Styles Used

 Kung Fu


 Weapons Used

 Chinese Sword, Chinese Broadsword


 In Summary

 A Chinese martial arts version of Hamlet sounds great on paper, but in reality this film falls flat and will struggle to  engage you.

 Some of slower scenes are quite beautiful, but overall the fight sequences lack any real quality or pace that is  expected of a film starring Ziyi Zhang and Daniel Wu.


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 Rating: 2/5

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