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The Banquet Details

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director Feng Xiaogang shifts his focus from modern-day con artists to tenth century intrigue with this tale of internal turmoil in the age of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms starring Zhang Ziyi, Daniel Wu, and Ge You. Her empire on the verge of a massive revolution as storms begin to brew both within the royal court as well as in the outlying kingdoms, the entrancing Empress Wan (Zhang) gazes upon her stepson, Prince Wu Luan (Wu), with the eyes of a forbidden lover rather than a caring mother. When the emperor dies an unexpected death and his younger brother Li (Ge) ascends to the throne, Empress Wan marries the newly appointed sovereign as a means of both protecting her beloved Wu Luan and cementing her position within the royal court. When assassins dispatched by Emperor Li fail in their attempt to silence Wu Luan and his majesty subsequently announces a lavish banquet, Empress Wan and Wu Luan realize that the time has finally come for them to take action against the murderous despot. The film demonstrates tremendous influence by Shakespearean plays, specifically Hamlet and Macbeth. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:August 30, 2006

Cast

Zhang Ziyi
as Empress Wan
Ge You
as Emperor Li
Daniel Wu
as Prince Wu Luan
Huang Xiaoming
as General Yin
Zhou Xun
as Qing Nu
Ma Jingwu

Crew

Feng Xiaogang
Director
Wang Zhongjun
Producer
John Chong
Producer
Tim Yip
Producer
Wang Zhonglei
Producer
Qiu Gangjian
Screenwriter
Sheng Heyu
Screenwriter
Zhang Li
Cinematographer
Tan Dun
Composer (Music Score)
Tim Yip
Production Designer
Yuen Woo Ping
Executive Producer
Wang Zhonglei
Executive Producer
Tim Yip
Costume Designer
Wang Danrong
Sound/Sound Designer
Zhang Liangying
Singer
Zhou Xun
Singer
Zhang Liangying
Musical Performer
Wang Danrong
Sound Director
Jiang Yanming
Visual Effects Producer
Lang Lang
Musical Performer
Qiu Gangjian
Executive in Charge of Production
Qiu Gangjian
Production Executive
Lorraine Ho
Executive in Charge of Production
Yuen Woo Ping
Action Director
Shirley Lau
Line Producer
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