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My Kingdom -- The story of two brothers' quest for fame, love and revenge in the heyday of Shanghai opera.

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Writer:
Jingzhi Zou (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 September 2011 (USA) See more »
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The story of two brothers' quest for fame, love and revenge in the heyday of Shanghai opera. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Beautiful sets and location but slipshod storytelling See more (5 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Chun Wu ... Guan Yi Long

Geng Han ... Meng Er Kui
Barbie Hsu ... Xi Mu Lang
Louis Liu ... General Lu
Biao Yuen ... Master Yu Shengying

Rongguang Yu ... Master Yue
Annie Shizuka Inoh
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Genneopoulos ... 1920's Gentleman (uncredited)

Directed by
Xiaosong Gao 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jingzhi Zou  screenplay

Produced by
Chris Blunden .... co-producer
Zoe Chen .... producer
Yang Du .... producer
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo .... producer
Andre Morgan .... producer
Ross Alan Pollack .... executive producer
Peter Poon .... co-producer
Naichang Ren .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Joachim Horsley 
 
Cinematography by
Ting Wo Kwong (director of photography)
Wah-Chuen Lam (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Chris Blunden 
 
Sound Department
James Ashton .... sound re-recording mixer assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Henri Wong .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo .... fight choreographer
 
Music Department
Sherri Chung .... orchestrator
Miles Hankins .... music arranger
Miles Hankins .... orchestrator
Joachim Horsley .... conductor
Ben Leathers .... orchestrator
Elizabeth Lim .... additional orchestrations
 
Other crew
Rosa Li .... executive in charge of development
 

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Also Known As:
"Da wu sheng" - China (original title)
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Runtime:
China:108 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Hong Kong:IIB | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15
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Yu's Aide:Master Yue, you share our opera background. You understand a duel between two warriors is a serious thing. Whoever loses must break his spear and retire from the stage, their livelihood destroyed!See more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful sets and location but slipshod storytelling, 10 September 2011
Author: changmoh from Malaysia

Gao Xiaosong's "My Kingdom" is set in the 'glamorous' world of Chinese opera, with the main part of it based in the tumultuous period of 1920s Shanghai. With Sammo Hung touted as action director, many would expect hot kungfu action - and many would be disappointed. There is a mixture of genres here, part costume drama, part soap opera, part kungfu flick and with a touch of romance. Those who like twists and turns in the plot would like the second half where the vengeance plot starts to unravel.

The film opens at the end of the 19th Century, when the Prince Regent of the crumbling Qing Dynasty orders the beheading of the entire Meng clan. Awaiting execution, a five-year-old Meng boy named Er-kui sings an aria. Deeply moved, opera Master Yu Shengying (Yuan Biao) and his seven-year-old pupil Guan Yi-long rescue the boy and the two orphans become as close as brothers. Yu, who wins a coveted golden plaque from the Prince Regent, is challenged to a duel by a Shanghai rival, Yue Jiangtian (Yu Rongguang). He loses and is forced to retire.

Master Yu trains the boys as warriors in the Peking opera and when they 'graduate' Yi-long (now played by Wu Chun) and Er-kui (Han Geng) move to Shanghai to reclaim the coveted plaque from Yue, who, together with his co-star Xi Mu-lan (Barbie Hsu), operate an opera show in the British concession of Shanghai.

Many important scenes are left to our imagination. Er-Kui's rescue at the opening and his revenge sequences are done in super quick cuts. Actually the 'rescue' scene is non-existent while the revenge scenes are shown in a series of flying dagger shots followed by newspaper reports announcing the murders. The characters are so poorly defined and portrayed that they appear like caricatures. On the opera stage, the main cast of Wu Chun, Han Geng and Barbie Hsu may get away with unconvincing performances, but not when they are offstage.

There is no chemistry among the trio and the 'brotherhood' of Yi-long and Er-kui smacks of 'Brokeback Mountain' at times. Wu, Han and Taiwan magician Loius Liu Qian were obviously chosen for their looks. However, the biggest miscast is of Liu Qian as General Lu. His performance sticks out like a sore thumb as we would be wondering how he manages to be a police chief at such a young age.

As for Sammo Hung's kungfu choreography, we get two: one at the start of the film between veterans Yuen Biao and Yu Rongguang, and a climactic duel between Er-Kui and Mu-lan in a wine cellar which is more dramatic for its wine spillage than the action. On the plus side, the locations and sets of Shanghai look lavish and fabulous. Ditto that for the opera costumes and music score. (limchangmoh.blogspot.com)

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