Two virtually look alike women Ming Ming and Nana; one flies bead with invincible force like warrior, the other just as ordinary and hysterical; they don't know each other yet fall for the ...
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In the years after the Revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty in China and established the republic, China broken up into fiefdoms held by warlords, who are busy fighting each other. A ... See full summary »
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung,
Ching Wan Lau,
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.
When Yan'ni starts college, she believes she is embarking on a new life away from her family, and she is but without the new beginning she anticipates. Once at school, she immediately meets... See full summary »
Two virtually look alike women Ming Ming and Nana; one flies bead with invincible force like warrior, the other just as ordinary and hysterical; they don't know each other yet fall for the same man named D who disappeared after both pursued his challenge of going to Harbin with 5 million dollars.Written by
This should really be called Nana (instead of Ming Ming) because that's the name of the other of the two characters Zhou Xun plays; the one who has the orange hair, quite a bit more screen time, and a better story line if you could separate them. This is NOT a martial arts film unless you consider flinging marbles and flicking matches at people martial arts. I thought it was silly. Director Susie Au obviously comes from a music video background. I found the random quick and quirky edits tiring, although they did set up the actors with wonderfully posed portraits throughout. Daniel Wu has an awesome hairdo if you go for that kind of thing. Zhou Xun's Cantonese is quite fetching and ordinarily I could watch her all day long. She's one of the more engaging actresses from China. (See her in "The Equation of Love and Death" or "Painted Skin") It's too bad that the director's heavy-handed style gets in the way of enjoying this film where identity as an ambiguous thing is decently explored.
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