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14 September 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »
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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  (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
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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
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
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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131 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
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30 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
More than just a Hamlet Adaptation, 8 November 2006
Author: raymund salao from Philippines

"The Banquet" is a loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" which, I believe, is Shakespeare's most powerful literary creation, and one which has been adapted (as I count) 5 times in the silver screen (my personal fave is the version with Mel Gibson; I have yet to watch the one with Ethan Hawke). This adaptation is so loose that oftentimes it feels like it has its own originality and only drew inspiration from "Hamlet".

One of the original aspects of the film is that of the character played by Ziyi Zhang, which is a product of a revision of the original script. A revision which added quite a depth to the storyline. Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice, Farewell My Concubine) was originally supposed to play Zhang Ziyi's part. Maggie Cheung (2046, Hero) was also considered for the role. Due to scheduling conflicts. When Ziyi Zhang took over the part, the script was rewritten to make the character younger. Her character is a former love interest of the Prince Wu Luan (the main character) but was later wed to the Prince's own father and eventually, to become the Empress to his uncle. Such a character has given a large amount of dramatic tension to the storyline and further complicates it, making the story more unpredictable even though it is an adaptation.

It is such a wicked delight to see Ziyi Zhang play such a dark snake of a character in this movie, a character who claims a love which is actually of self rather than something pure. Since her breakthrough in "Crouching Tiger..." she has proved time and again that the potency of her talent doesn't easily wither, and in her youth she has already made great performances, more than enough to satisfy a cinema-acting retiree. Likewise, impressive performances from Daniel Wu as the Prince Wu Luan, (the alluring & yummy) Xun Zhou as the Opheliac Qing Nu, Jingwu Ma as the wise Minister, and You Ge who also deserves much praise for playing the Emperor Li, a character who defies being generalized as black & white; a character which is richly layered with many levels. THE BANQUET is mainly drama, You do not watch this film for the Martial Arts, even though Yuen Woo Ping has a hand in the making of this film as both producer and action choreographer (I would consider Yuen Woo Ping as the living god of Martial Arts movies, having directed timeless classics like "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" & "Drunken Master" until now, & was given international spotlight when he worked as Fight choreographer of "The Matrix" movies), but you watch this movie for its beautiful storyline. Although there are moments that induce awe in some of the fight sequences, these are expected to be minimal compared to the dialogue-driving motion of the film. It may even be observed that the martial arts here is a mere icing on the cake.

Along with that icing is the amazing visuals that it presents. From flying stunts, to set designs to costumes. You can feast your eyes upon the visuals, which wakes up viewers from a possible boredom. It employs a semi-surreal style of setting.

It seems that ever since it broke into worldwide popularity, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" has opened the floodgates for Chinese dramatic epics which are done in "closed form" of movies, movies which such a forced unnatural ambiance that generally use wire-works to do fantastic martial arts feats and exaggerated vibrancy and style on sets which depict surreal environments (although this style was long used in Hong Kong, but mostly only for action epics). But this type of fantasy-like genre was getting old and it needed to be complemented with really good story lines. Such was achieved by Yimou Zhang's "Hero" (which starred Jet Li & Donnie Yen). This same surreal "closed form" style is employed by THE BANQUET.

THE BANQUET is powerful, dramatically rich, and such a masterpiece of a work, as dark and beautiful as the Shakespearean tragedy from which it is based on.

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