It's a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on "The Assassination of Ma," a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about ... See full summary »
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.
A government department known as the Six Panels appoints their best officer to infiltrate a special force called the Divine Constabulary, to ensure their way in stopping the circulation of counterfeit coin currency in the capital.
A delivery Boy falls for a young girl who is hearing impaired. Comparing themselves with "water birds" and trees, together they are going to break the barrier and pursue their dreams and take their relationship to the next level.
This isn't a great movie. Maybe it's not even a very good movie, but it sure was fun to watch. Sure, it's a little silly and it's got way too many product placements, especially for one particular Chinese computer company, but the relationship between the principles feels real and is paced well. Sure, you know where the film's going front he very beginning, but it doesn't feel forced at any point.
If you're up for a light-hearted bit of romantic comedy fluff in Chinese, then you aren't going to be disappointed.
If you're expecting a movie about China or Chinese culture then you're likely or be disappointed. This movie could as easily have been set in Chicago or Berlin and not changed a single aspect of the film.
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