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  • Actors: Andy Lau
  • Directors: Chi Leung Cheung
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Group
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec. 2008
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HS0SF6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,563 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

In 370BC, China was separated by several small tribes, one of those being the city state of Liang. The nation of Zhao is led by the terrifying prime commander Xiang Yangzhong who orders his troops to launch an attack on Liang in a bid to conquer the small city. Leaping to the defence of the cowed people of Liang is a warrior who goes by the name of Ge Li from the Mo-Tsu tribe, renowned for its defensive skills. He is their last hope as the terrors of Yangshong's troops are unleashed. The future of Liang now hangs in the balance, with all their hopes pinned on the mysterious Mo-Tsu warrior Ge-Li...

Review

BATTLE OF WITS more than lives up to its title. An involving story of psychological warfare and military bluffs while still delivering the goods on the action front. Andy Lau in one of his best performances --Variety.com

EPIC ... like its Chinese brethren CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER and THE BANQUET --BeyondHollywood.com

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
I really like this film.

It uses special effects, but to help with the story telling rather than just create pretty effects: to be honest I'm getting a little bored of some eastern films where inclusion of choreographed mid-air flights seem to have higher precedence to story telling.

More importantly: the story has a start, middle, and end; characters are three dimensional; and the plot kept me gripped.

The story plays like a good fantasy novel to me. In that vein, I think it is similar to The Warrior [DVD] [2001] which I also thoroughly enjoyed. Perhaps that explains the diversity of reviews it is getting here. If you bought this film expecting a martial arts film then I think you may well be disappointed. If on the other you are looking for a cinematic telling of a fantasy novel type story, then I think you'll enjoy this film.

In fact, I think film producers looking to turn fantasy novels into film should take a good look at 'Battle of Wits' and 'The Warrior', as I think they are excellent examples of how to do this with the story to the fore (rather than the special effects).
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 July 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I wasn't expecting much as the film has had little publicity, I was amazed at the scope and vision of the film. It is a real attempt to create a film about war and strategy which many Chinese war books talk about but rarely translates to the screen.
The tormented hero, the drunken selfish unforgiving King and the overpowering enemy, brilliant. I sat for the two hours straight through; it was very satisfying on many levels. I particularly liked the screen when the hero is invited to a game of strategy sitting on a hill between the two armies.
Great fun and something substantial to think about too, and at the price I bought it here for great value too.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
Like almost all the Chinese historical action dramas of recent years, Battle of Wits is sumptuously shot in gorgeous, riveting colour. The battle scenes are intense and (almost always) compelling, and the plot, based on a Japanese novel of the same name, is surprisingly complex, eschewing the grand sweeps of House of Flying Daggers, Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

However, the English subtitles are absolutely appalling, frequently failing to make much sense in English, and the cutting together of scenes is over-rapid and reflects video standards of thirty years ago, not the flawless visual brilliance we have come to expect from this kind of film.

I suspect this film was originally intended to be longer. It's especially at the beginning that shots are over-edited and cut together like a series of vignettes, with little continuity or explanation. As the film goes on, things settle down (or perhaps you just get used to it), although there are still plenty of unexplained moments which may or may not make sense in Chinese, but really don't through the subtitles. On the other hand, many of the subtitles are redundant, telling us what we are seeing on the screen (though this is what the characters are doing), when the glorious camera work is sufficient.

Why four stars, then? Despite all this, this is a really enjoyable film to watch, with a philosophic undercurrent (Mohism) which will be entirely new to most Westerners, although it was important in the time the film is set in. If you want to get a picture of what it's about, it's a sort of Last of the Mohicans meets Seven Samurai, although in a fully Chinese setting which is much more subtle, and carries a strong sense of history.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. A. Maurice on 29 Dec. 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Having been somewhat disappointed with 'Three Kingdoms',which also stars Andy Lau,I had reduced expectations for this film which deals with a similar theme.
Well,'Battle of Wits' is in a different league.
An intelligent,literate,script,which allows actors to develop their characters,is alligned with spectacular battle scenes which are not allowed to overwhelm,and ruin,the storyline.
The only downside to this Blu-ray disc is the Picture Quality.
I don't know if it is a poor transfer,or the cinematography is deliberately muted,but the result is a softish image.
However,five stars for an excellent,spectacular,well acted film.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 April 2009
Format: DVD
Battle Of Wits [2007] [DVD]

It is 370BC and the rulers of the Chinese city state of Liang are resigning themselves to surrendering to the impending attack by their enemies the Zhao.

Then a black clad figure Ge Li (Andy Lau) strides confidently out of the desert claiming to be from the Mo-Tsu tribe and promising to use their legendary defensive skills to repel the siege.

The plot switches between superb battle scenes, and intrigue and deception in the Liang court, confronting Ge Li with two battles of wits, one with the enemy without and another with the enemy within. Although Ge Li proves a superb military improviser and tactician, he also fights an internal battle between his military actions and his belief in peaceful conflict resolution.

I kept watching for GE Li's unending ingenuity in repelling the Zhao, but the plot seemed very routine and never gets off the ground, although this may be partially the fault of the sub titles. It would have been far more interesting if there had been a real personal animosity between the Zhao general Xiang Yangzhong and Ge Li, instead of just encapsulating it in mutual admiration over a board game.

So excellent siege scenes but little else to recommend "Battle of Wits", if it appeals to you definitely rent.
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