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Da wu sheng (2011)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Romance | 9 September 2011 (USA)
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The story of two brothers' quest for fame, love and revenge in the heyday of Shanghai opera.

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Credited cast:
... Guan Yi Long
... Meng Er Kui
... Xi Mu Lang
Louis Liu ... General Lu
... Master Yu Shengying
... Master Yue
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... Plainclothes police
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In the 19th century, the Prince Regent of the Qing Dynasty orders the mass execution of the entire Meng clan. Before his beheading, the leader vows that his family will avenge this travesty of justice. Awaiting his death, a five-year-old Meng boy named Erkui bravely sings an aria. The power and purity of his voice touches the opera star Master Yu and his seven-year-old pupil Guan Yilong. Master Yu rescues the boy and the two orphans become brothers. Years later, Master Yu wins the coveted golden "The Mightiest Warrior" plaque from the Prince Regent, but subsequently loses it in a duel with his archrival Master Yue. Banished from the stage upon his loss, Master Yu spends his time training the two brothers in the village. When the boys grow into men, they set off for Shanghai to pursue revenge. Once they reach Shanghai, they quickly defeat Master Yue, not only reclaiming the plaque but also taking over Yue's opera troupe. Almost overnight, they become sensations of the Shanghai opera ... Written by Anonymous

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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!
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Ru Meng Ling
Performed by Hong Fei Tang
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My Kingdom was easily better than 60% of American movies.
21 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a lot better than the other reviews might lead you to believe. I'm not sure what the other reviewers expected. If anything the movie suffered because it had greater ambitions than it could possibly live up to, but the overall viewing experience was not conspicuously unpleasant. The choice for General Lu was the biggest flaw of the film. Many problems existed, but none of them crippled the entertainment value of the film. Most of the other problems were easy to ignore.

International cinema fans have been spoiled by the above average quality of the movies that come our way. Hollywood has such a stranglehold on the industry that foreign directors face a much higher artistic standard to become successful here. Because of that so many really magnificent pictures have come out of Asia in the past ten years. To become commercially successful on this side of the Pacific requires nothing less. When a movie like My Kingdom comes along and it is merely entertaining instead of a virtuoso production the criticism leveled against it can be less than fair.


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