Ye yan (Legend of the Black Scorpion) (The Banquet)
Ye yan (Legend of the Black Scorpion) (The Banquet) (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 30, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Wally Hammond
Time Out

This dazzlingly designed, mega-budget, period costumer offers further proof of Feng's increasing versatility, expansive vision and bravura technique.

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Saxon Bullock

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.

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Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This may be one of the year's better films, and some of the rawest Shakespeare you'll ever see.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

...mesmerizing but often empty...

Rob Daniel
Sky Cinema

Equivalent to attending a massive feast only to discover the main course is missing, The Banquet is frequently stunning, beautifully shot, but ultimately undernourishing.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

The Banquet should launch Feng's international career, but its odd mix of slow-paced drama and martial arts has created a lacklustre movie that won't make the mark its predecessors have.

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Derek Elley

Visually opulent but stately and stygian.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

A beautiful, if incomprehensible and interminable film with fest-fav Zhang Zi-Yi.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
The crown prince of a 10th century Chinese kingdom is summoned back to court when his father is assassinated and usurped by his uncle. Yet another Crouching… More
Ginny  X
This movie is one hell of a masterpiece! Anyone who has a passion for theater arts would surely love this! Note: Get a copy with proper subtitles!!
JY Skacto
Xiaogang Feng creates a loose adaptation of William Shakespeare's <i>Hamlet</i> known as <i>The Banquet</i>.<p>The story… More
Ken Stachnik
Very pretty...very indulgent...very whatever...
Bruce Bruce
Outstanding Movie, A Romeo & Jullet / Hamlet Story in Asian Theme, love the way people just float thur the air when fighting, much better then the ole… More
Aliyanto Latip
You can't have everything you wish because you will loose everything if you keep forcing it!