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14 September 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »
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A loose adaptation of Hamlet, "The Night Banquet" is set in an empire in chaos. The Emperor, the Empress, the Crown Prince, the Minister and the General all have their own enemies they would like to finish off at a night banquet. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A beautiful yet disturbing art piece See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ziyi Zhang ... Empress Wan

You Ge ... Emperor Li

Daniel Wu ... Prince Wu Luan

Xun Zhou ... Qing Nu
Jingwu Ma ... Minister Yin Taichang
Xiaoming Huang ... General Yin Sun
Zhonghe Zhou ... Chamberlain
Zeng Qiusheng ... Governor Pei Hong
Xu Xiyan ... Ling
Liu Yanbin ... Messenger
Ma Lun ... Pharmacist
Xiang Bin ... Imperial Guard
Chunyu Zheng ... Imperial Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bing Bo ... Executioner
Kai Cui ... Dancer
Jingyi Du ... Dancer
Ho Fei ... Dancer
Tieyong Liu ... Gouvernment Secretary
Siwei Ou ... Dancer
Aaron Shang ... Jiang Lei
Atsushi Takita ... Dancer
Yusuke Tuyomi ... Dancer
Yubo Wang ... Red Laced Dancer
Jianhai Wei ... White Laced Dancer
Liang Zhan ... Dancer
Nan Zhang ... Jocker

Directed by
Xiaogang Feng 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gangjian Qiu 
William Shakespeare  play "Hamlet"
Heyu Sheng 

Produced by
John Chong .... producer
Lorraine Ho .... executive producer
Xiaofeng Hu .... line producer
Shirley Lau .... line producer
Gangjian Qiu .... executive producer
Zhongjun Wang .... producer
Zhonglei Wang .... executive producer
Woo-ping Yuen .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dun Tan 
 
Cinematography by
Li Zhang 
 
Film Editing by
Miaomiao Liu 
 
Art Direction by
Timmy Yip 
 
Makeup Department
Siu-Mui Chau .... hair stylist (as Chau Siu Mui)
Hao Congying .... assistant makeup artist
Ai Ge .... assistant makeup artist
Wang Jun .... assistant makeup artist
Lee-Na Kwan .... makeup artist (as Kwan Lee Na)
Wang Li .... assistant makeup artist
Cheng Liping .... assistant hair stylist
Liu Qiuju .... assistant hair stylist
Yuling Wang .... makeup artist
An Yang .... assistant hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Feng Feng .... second assistant director
Xiaoli Gong .... third assistant director
Di Huang .... second assistant director
Yang Wei .... third assistant director
Xijue Zhang .... third assistant director (as Zhang Xinyue)
Chunyu Zheng .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Li Ji Qing .... assistant art director (as Kingki)
Liu Shuo .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Danrong Wang .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Anuj Anand .... digital compositor: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
Jean-François Bachand .... digital supervisor: Technicolor Creative Services, Montreal
Ioan Balcosi .... compositor
Reuben Barkataki .... compositor
Kathryn Bolt .... senior compositor
Landon Bootsma .... digital compositor: Technicolor
Kris Brockman .... digital compositor: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
Jeff Bruneel .... senior compositor: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
Izet Buco .... roto/prep artist: MPC
Stuart Bullen .... roto/prep artist
Kyle Burris .... character technical director: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
John Cairns .... digital compositor
Breck Campbell .... title designer
Kevin Chandoo .... title design
Paul Chapman .... digital compositor
Craig Clarke .... senior compositor
Dug Claxton .... digital compositor
Anthony De Chellis .... animator: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
Paul DeOliveira .... digital compositor: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
Mike Diltz .... digital compositor
Gene Dreitser .... senior technical director
Laura Dubsky .... roto/prep artist: MPC
Michael Elson .... executive producer: MPC
Philip English .... roto/prep artist: MPC
Matt Foster .... roto/prep artist: MPC
Rob Gennings .... animator: Technicolor
Brent Paul George .... animation director: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto (as Brent George)
Robert Hall .... roto/prep artist: MPC
Lionel Heath .... roto/prep artist: MPC
Richard Helliwell .... roto/prep artist: MPC
Gael Hollard .... digital compositor: Technicolor Creative Services, Montreal
Vlad Holst .... digital artist: MPC
Marc Hutchings .... roto/prep artist: MPC
Garfie James .... animator: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
Yanming Jiang .... visual effects supervisor
Drew Jones .... visual effects executive producer: MPC
Phil Jones .... visual effects supervisor
Khi-Hyun Kim .... visual effects artist
Martin Krol .... lead modeler: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
Ryan Kuba .... visual effects coordinator: Technicolor Creative Services
Emanuel LaFrance .... digital compositor: Technicolor Montreal
Yann Laliberte .... digital compositor
Stuart Lashley .... visual effects plate supervisor: MPC
Claude Lauzon .... digital compositor: Technicolor Creative Services, Montreal
Tracy Lefler .... visual effects production manager: Technicolor
John Leonti .... digital artist: MPC
Brenda Levert .... visual effects production manager: Technicolor Creative Services, Vancouver
Dany McDonald .... production coordinator: Technicolor Creative Services, Montreal
Ryan McDonald .... shader development
Alasdair McNeill .... roto/prep supervisor: MPC
Humayun Mirza .... roto/prep artist: MPC
Ryan Mullany .... roto/prep artist
Eric Myles .... digital compositor: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
Martin Newcombe .... matchmove artist
Jordan Nieuwland .... matte painter: Technicolor
Erik Nordby .... lead compositor
Jessica Norman .... visual effects supervisor: MPC
Sean O'Hara .... senior compositor: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
Mike Outlaw .... roto/prep artist: MPC
Hojin Park .... digital compositor: Technicolor, Toronto
Jeremy Price .... digital compositor: Technicolor Creative Services, Vancouver
Persis Reynolds .... visual effects producer: Technicolor
Becky Roberts .... roto/prep coordinator: MPC
Ruben Salazar .... senior compositor: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
Tom Sinnott .... operations director: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
Jason Snea .... lead compositor: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
Alexander L. Stephan .... effects technical director: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto (as Alex Stephan)
Paul Venn Stirling .... prep artist: MPC (as Paul Stirling)
Paul Venn Stirling .... roto artist: MPC (as Paul Stirling)
Sean Stranks .... digital compositor: Technicolor
Michael Tai .... visual effects production assistant: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
David Thompson .... digital compositor: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto (as David C. Thompson)
Mark Tureski .... film scanning operator
Sebastien Veilleux .... digital compositor
Pat Wakefield .... digital compositor
Brent Whitmore .... digital compositor: Technicolor Creative Services, Toronto
Julia Wigginton .... visual effects producer: MPC
Sunny Wong .... digital compositor
Melody Woodford .... match move supervisor & coordinator: MPC
Sarah Wormsbecher .... visual effects production manager: Technicolor
Noel Wright .... digital compositor
Marusha Xeros .... visual effects producer: Technicolor Creative Services, Vancouver
Karl Claveria .... wire/rig removal (uncredited)
Rea Labayen .... wire/rig removal (uncredited)
Leo Moralina .... wire/rig removal (uncredited)
Ron Reyes .... wire/rig removal (uncredited)
Ivee Serna .... wire/rig removal (uncredited)
Klaus Steden .... digital cinema engineer: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Du Bin .... assistant camera
Minghui Cao .... assistant camera
Xiao Er .... assistant camera
Dou Fei .... assistant camera
Yu Fei .... assistant camera
Zhai Fujie .... gaffer
Raymond Lam .... Steadicam operator
Raymond Lam .... camera operator
Wang Lei .... assistant camera
Bin Li .... assistant camera
Wang Lian .... assistant camera
Shao Longwei .... assistant camera
Chen Lu .... assistant camera
Luo Meng .... assistant camera
Chen Qiang .... assistant camera
Qiuhong Xiao .... assistant camera
Ze Xie .... camera operator
Mingyue Xu .... assistant camera
Zheng Zili .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lu Dan .... wardrobe assistant
Xiaojun Feng .... wardrobe assistant
Jin-Hua Gu .... wardrobe (as Gu Jinhua)
Shu-Chen Hsu .... costume supervisor (as Hsu Shu Chen)
Bao-Rong Huang .... wardrobe (as Huang Baorong)
Weili Luo .... wardrobe assistant
Zhu Ming .... wardrobe assistant
Ji Na .... wardrobe assistant
Shieh Ying Ying .... wardrobe assistant
Xiaolin Zhu .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Steven Delman .... digital intermediate colorist (as Steve Delman)
Rob Gyorgy .... DI editor
Heidi Holm .... digital intermediate project coordinator
 
Other crew
Chris Besseling .... uk marketing executive: metrodome
Mike 'Fuzzy' Ellis .... vice president of digital film
Eidan Hanzei .... adr voice replacement (as Henry Hayashi)
Sun Hao .... script supervisor
Xiaoqing Kang .... accountant
Qianning Tao .... script supervisor
Xiaoping Wang .... accountant
Riga Wu .... equestrian director
Wang Yuanyuan .... choreographer
Woo-ping Yuen .... action choreographer
Weihua Zhao .... accountant
 
Thanks
Kaitlin Collins .... special thanks
An Dong .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ye yan" - China (original title)
"Legend of the Black Scorpion" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
131 min
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Trivia:
Gong Li was originally supposed to play Zhang Ziyi's part. Due to scheduling conflicts, the role was passed onto Zhang Ziyi and she gladly accepted because she thought the character was so interesting.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Act III, Scene 1 (2010)See more »

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47 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful yet disturbing art piece, 24 September 2006
Author: mailonekms-imd from Taipei

Definitely worth catching on the BIG screen, this is an epic about court intrigue in the Five Dynasties period, which follows in part the Hamlet setup of a murderous uncle usurper (You Ge) and his duplicitous queen (Zhang Ziyi), with an angry yet distant, brooding prince (Daniel Wu). The details and setting are different enough so that the new story carries its own weight and is interesting, however. The acting is strong (some excellent), the martial arts scenes memorable, and the sets are fantastic! This is not a fully realistic historical drama, by the way. Director Xiaogang Feng has crafted a modern art piece here, highly stylized in some parts, and often gory, especially the martial arts scenes, so if you can't stomach people flying and leaping like phoenixes (while disemboweling each other), skip it. The highly artistic feel of the film is kept somewhat in check by the gritty, used, and sometimes decaying feel of the palace, and more so by the tight, sparse dialog, the drama and the tension of the story. (Although following in the footsteps of highly stylized films like some of Zhang Yimou's, the focus returns very firmly to the story in this one, thankfully.) Similarly, the stunning beauty of parts of the film is balanced by the unmitigated ambition of the characters and their other dark flaws. These left the story with no single, simplified protagonist to cheer for – the very opposite of Hollywood formula. (The supporting role played by Xun Zhou might be an exception, but she's the very image of innocence and purity to a fatal flaw, and you pity her more than rooting for her.) The raw ambition, incestuous lust, jealous hate, betrayal and/or impotence darken nearly every character. While refreshingly different in this sense, it almost left me reaching for my goblet of hemlock. The Chinese title Ye Yan should have been translated as The Night Banquet rather than The Banquet (its English billing where I am), as the climax occurs at a midnight banquet unwisely set by the emperor at an inauspicious time, and it would have better reflected the darkness of the film.

Overall, I give it a big thumbs up.

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