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28 January 2010 (China) See more »
The life story of the highly-influential Chinese philosopher, Confucius. | Add synopsis »
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Messy and Long-drawn but Still Engaging See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order)

Yun-Fat Chow ... Confucius

Xun Zhou ... Nanzi
Jianbin Chen ... Ji Sunsi
Quan Ren ... Yan Hui
Yi Lu ... Ji Sunfei
Lu Yao ... The Ruler of Lu
Kai Li ... Wife of Confucius
Ban Wang ... Shu Sunwu
Huanshan Xu ... Laozi, the Sage of Daoism
Jingwu Ma ... The Ruler of Qi
Yanjun Bi ... The Ruler of Wei
Huichun Wang ... Li Chu
Wenbo Li ... Zilu
Ma Qiang ... Ran Qiu
Jinming Kan ... Zigong
Fengchao Liu ... Qi Sigong (Adult)
Chen Rui ... Daughter of Confucius
Shera Li ... Nishang (as Li Xinru)
Yongchen Liu ... Gongxichi
Xingzhe Zhang ... General Gongshan Niu
Zhenyu Qiao ... Son of Confucius
Gong Jie ... Maidservant
Gao Tian ... Qi Sigong (Teenage)
Chen Weidong ... Zeng Can
Wang Qingyuan ... Zeng Dian
Ma Yong ... Gong Boliao
Li Huan ... The Prince of Wei
Dong Ziwu ... Yan Zhuoju
Wu Liansheng ... Meng Sunhe
Gu Yang ... Hou Fan
Huang Wenguang ... Retainer of Ji Clan
Li Chunpeng ... Ziyou
Chen Liejun ... Zigao
Tang Muchun ... Zixia
Ji Yongqing ... Shen Juxu
Jiantao Zhou ... Le Shuo
Luo Minghan ... Ran Yong
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ran Chen ... (uncredited)
Huang Jiao ... (uncredited)
Kaili Zhang ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Mei Hu 
Writing credits
Khan Chan (written by) &
Qitao Jiang (written by) &
Yanjiang He (written by) &
Mei Hu (written by)

Produced by
Bo-Chu Chui .... producer
Sanping Han .... executive producer
Zhang Heng .... associate producer
Rachel Liu .... executive producer
Heman Peng .... associate producer
Mingyu Peng .... associate producer
John Sham .... executive producer
Max Wang .... line producer
Punhoi Yu .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jiping Zhao 
Cinematography by
Peter Pau 
Art Direction by
Chaoxiang Lin 
Huaiqing Mao 
Costume Design by
Chung Man Yee 
Makeup Department
Suyuan Chen .... makeup department head
Wenli Feng .... makeup artist
Ling Mei .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shaodong Jiang .... second assistant director
Yang Jun .... second unit director
Luo Tianyou .... second assistant director
Xi Zi .... first assistant director
Visual Effects by
Andy Chen .... cg supervisor
Ahdee Chiu .... compositor
Pei-Zhi Huang .... effects technical director
Liwen Liu .... junior compositor
Yan Zhou .... animator
Camera and Electrical Department
Edmond Chan .... first assistant camera
Luen Wai Chan .... dolly grip
Jimmy Fok .... key grip
Patrick Ho .... camera & lighting department coordinator
Kenny Lam .... camera operator
Tak-Shing Lee .... lighting technician
Wing Yin Ng .... assistant camera
Simon J. Young .... second assistant camera
Other crew
Patrick Ho .... post production coordinator
Xiaolong Zhang .... ancient etiquette advisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kong Zi" - China (original title)
"Confucius Teachings" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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125 min
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32 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Messy and Long-drawn but Still Engaging, 28 February 2010
Author: changmoh from Malaysia

The most controversial and dramatic thing about this movie happened off-screen in mid-January. Many Internet users and related groups called for a boycott of the film when it was reported that China had ordered 2D versions of "Avatar" to be pulled out so that more people would watch "Confucius". However, due to low attendance for "Confucius", and the high demand for "Avatar", the Chinese government reversed their decision and allowed "Avatar" to remain on some 2-D screens in China. The movie was to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China and Confucius' 2,560th birthday.

Yes, this is after Mao Zedong's Red Guards condemned the ancient scholar and destroyed his family cemetery and temple in his hometown of Qufu. Ironically, one of Confucius sayings is that "an oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger".

The first half of the movie traces the rise and popularity of Confucius (played by Chow Yun Fat) in the state of Lu during the Spring and Autumn Period where he is known for his fair and just ideas about running the affairs of the state. He is promoted from town mayor to minister. However, his ideas and practices break with tradition and anger the ruling families. An example is when he saves a burial slave from being entombed alive. He incurs the wrath of the rulers of the surrounding kingdoms by tricking them into giving back seized territory without any violence.

The second half, circa 497 BC, shows Confucius and his disciples in exile, wandering about for years and getting chased away by the locals.

As you can see from the paragraphs above, the first half of this two-hour film is more eventful and interesting than the second. There is a gripping war sequence about the storming of a fort that recalls the action in "Red Cliff." And that's about it for the action fans.

Chow rises to the occasion as the calm and collected Kong Qiu, the revered teacher whose philosophy and views helped to revolutionize some states in China. When political jealousy and fears about his influence send him into exile, the scenes get repetitious and languid. This is punctuated with a subplot about Nan Zi (Zhou Xun), consort to the Wei king who respects the wisdom of Confucius. However, her magnetic appearances are brief and almost cameo-like, leaving most of the second half as prolonged and protracted scenes of Kon Qiu's wanderings and sufferings.

Technically, this US$23-million production looks rich and even stunning at times. Cinematographer Peter Pau (of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" fame) captures the period and locations in all their glory and helps to put us in the right mood and atmosphere of the times.

"Confucius" is not a lost cause. It just looks long-drawn messy, like too many cooks having a hand at the broth. - LIM CHANG MOH (

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