• Film ID:
  • 16497
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=125 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • China.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • Mandarin.
THE BANQUET (HAMLET) (2006)
(Ye yan: Legend of the Black Scorpion)
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In 907 AD, the Tang Dynasty is in tatters; infighting snarls the imperial family. Crown Prince Wu Luan loves Little Wan, but his father takes her as his Empress. Wu Luan goes into exile, studying dance and music. His uncle murders his father, taking throne and Empress; uncle sends assassins to kill Wu Luan. The Crown Prince eludes death and comes to court. The Emperor arranges for Little Wan's coronation and dispatches Wu Luan to a distant land; he then calls for a midnight banquet on the 100th day of his rule. Poison, treachery, Wu Luan's return, and the love of the innocent Qing for Wu Luan set up the final entanglements... Totally kick-ass version of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. They really should make more like this!

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