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Last Christmas when I shopped in my local Sainsbury's, I came across a big offer of their film's DVD. After a quick glance I decided I would pick some including Confucius.
About the film:
The film of Confucius is a biographical drama about the Chinese great philosopher, Confucius, also known as Kong Zi. It was first released in January 2010. It's a film to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, as well as the 2560th birthday of Confucius himself.
The film is mainly shooting on location in China's Hebei province and in Hengdian World Studios in Zhejiang province. It's written, produced and directed by Hu Mei. Chow Yun fat played as Confucius.
Back to 500 BC it was a China's Spring and Autumn Period. In the ancient Kingdom of Lu Confucius is made Minister of Law by Lu's young ruler. Because of Confucius's wisdom Lu has became a stronger country. However his reform also created some enemies for him. One aristocracy in Lu is jealous of his reputation and sets out to destroy him. Confucius spent many years in exile. Will he return his mother land? How people would estimate him? What is Confucius's wisdom? Following Confucius's journey you will soon find an answer.
Brief information about Confucius and the actor:
Confucius is played by Chow Yun fat. Confucius is also known as Kong Zi. Chinese people respect him as Master Kong or Saint Kong. He was born in 551BC and died in 479BC. He is one of the great teachers and social philosophers in Chinese history. For a long period in China Confucius's thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism.
Chow Yun-fat is a famous actor from Hong Kong. He mainly plays in dramatic films .In the West he's best known for his role as Li Mu-bai in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
It's written and directed by Hu Mei, who was born in 1958 in Beijing. She was an actress before becoming a director and producer. She made her reputation by directing TV historical drama series Yongzheng Dynasty.
The DVD features:
The DVD is released in 2011. The film's running time is 120 minutes approx in Mandarin with English subtitle. The DVD bonus runs 57 minutes approx and includes an Audio Commentary by Hong Kong Cinema expert Bey Logan, an original trailer and the making of Gallery, etc.
It's rated 15 due to some strong battle violence. On Amazon UK website it is priced £7.45. However you can get it cheaper in some retailers' store.
As a Chinese I'm always interested in Confucianism. I was holding a big expectation for the film of Confucius. However after watching it I was a bit disappointed, although I know it's a big challenging job to make a film about Confucius.
I enjoyed the appearance of the actors. I think they all worked very hard to play their roles. The music is beautiful too. I particularly like the song, which was performed by a famous singer in Asia.
However it's not an exciting film to me. To be honest I didn't follow and almost fell in sleep. From beginning to the end the film is full of Confucius sayings. I feel like you are in a classroom and are feeding these theory as a duck. In my humble opinion the big problem of the film is it can't present Confucius theory in details and prove them to us.
In one word Confucius is one of great men in Chinese history, but unfortunately the film of Confucius is not a great film to watch.