Friday, November 03, 2006

The Banquet (Ye Yan) - 2006 Movies

The Banquet Film PictureThe Banquet has been described as a loose adaptation of "Hamlet"it is a tale of fate and revenge set in 10th century China.A new Emperor has usurped the throne through murder. Zhang Ziyi plays the widowed Empress, who marries the new Emperor (Ge You) only to protect herself, but also secretly plots his death with the help of the Crown Prince (Daniel Wu) and the Chief Minister (Ma Jingwu). Yet the Prince and Minister each have their own plans for the throne, and, of course, so does the Emperor. All these intrigues are brought to a climax when the Emperor calls for a lavish banquet, where the murderous plans are set in motion. According to director Feng Xiaogang: "If Hamlet is about a prince who must make a choice involving life and death, then The Banquet is about how each character must face a choice of life or death All are motivated by desire, but as soon as they have begun their plans must grow more extreme, and they move step-by-step towards the abyss They do not intend evil, but turn to it out of self-preservation and ever-growing ambition.

Zhang Ziyi Empress Wan
Ge You Emperor Li
Daniel Wu Prince Wu Luan
Zhou Xun Qing Nu
Ma Jingwu the Grand Marshall
Huang Xiaomoing the Grand Marshall

Director Feng Xiaogang ("A World Without Thieves")
Music Tan Dun ("Couching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", "Hero")
Cinematographer Zhang Li ("A World Without Thieves")
Art Director Tim Yip ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon")
Screenwriters Chiu-Tai An-Ping , Sheng Heyu
Dance Choreographer Wang Yuanyuan ("Raise the Red Lantern")
Executive Producer Yuen Wo-Ping ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon")
Shooting Dates September 2005 through January 2006
Production Company Huayi Brothers & Taihe Film Investment Co. (HTF)Budget $20 million

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Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

This one is definitely on my must-see list for the rest of this year ... Now that both it and "Curse of the Broken Flower" are in the running for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, it will be interesting to see if one or both of them manage to make the final five

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