Ye yan (Legend of the Black Scorpion) (The Banquet)
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Ye yan (Legend of the Black Scorpion) (The Banquet)
A World Without Thieves 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)… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This dazzlingly designed, mega-budget, period costumer offers further proof of Feng's increasing versatility, expansive vision and bravura technique."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"A production that's both amazing to look at and hard to enjoy, The Banquet contains plenty of visual pleasures, but ties its gloomy story in too many knots to be truly entertaining."
‑ Saxon Bullock, Film4
"This may be one of the year's better films, and some of the rawest Shakespeare you'll ever see."
‑ Graham Killeen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"...mesmerizing but often empty..."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Equivalent to attending a massive feast only to discover the main course is missing, The Banquet is frequently stunning, beautifully shot, but ultimately undernourishing."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"A beautiful, if incomprehensible and interminable film with fest-fav Zhang Zi-Yi."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Visually opulent but stately and stygian."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"For all its visual splendour, The Banquet has none of the pathos or originality of Crouching Tiger, nor does it endear us to its characters through its 140 minute running time"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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