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Confucius [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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As stated elsewhere here, some of the subtitles - even though they convey very important historical information and signpost milestone plot moments - appear on the screen for only a fraction of time. If you are not already familiar with the historical Confucius (I'm not) then this is a real wasted opportunity to let the film convey this information, without the need for independent research (or the need to watch a different film).
Still, what's here is sensitively handled. By which I mean, the film is not all balletic, epic fight sequences that I worried it might be (though there are one or two) and is mainly about politics and character development. Chow Yun Fat is great in it too. Not overplayed. Not overdone. A very nice, respectful, believable rendition.
As I say, I feel I missed a lot of important information throughout, so the film didn't have the impact for me that it might have. Lastly, I found the text put up right at the end of the film, kind of like an epilogue tribute to the legacy of Confucius, was a little overdone. It's not that it was factually incorrect (on which I'm not fit to judge) but rather that the film had already left me with a positive appreciation of Confucius of my own, so I found this a bit forced/jarring.
Lastly, the Blu-ray presentation is good. Crisp and colourful images and good sound (in the original language).
The film commences with his rise to Justice minister in the Kingdom of Lu, a reward for diverting the assassination of the King and preventing the Kingdom been seized by the King of Qi..jealousy from other ministers forces Confucius ( or Kong Qiu as he is known in the film ) into exile, so he and his disciples wonder the land teaching and looking for shelter and a place to settle..Confucius and his disciples end up destitute and struggling to survive. However, the very person who forced his exile, the Prime Minister of Lu is dying, and they face attack from their neighbours. Confucius agrees to return home, but on the condition he is not sought for advise on politics or military strategy and that he can be left to his books and teaching and so the film ends with him sitting in this library surrounded by all his works..and you look and think wow.
So was this film epic? Well there were large battle scenes between the neighbouring kingdoms and the production sets looked grand ...though not on the scale of hero...and that for me is where it ends. I don't know any of the previous films by the director Mei Hu, apparently this film did pick up an award,
For me this was a watered down sanitised more biographical account ,which left me with no lasting impression and made reviewing it very difficult.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Visually impressive throughout but the plot is rather weak - mainly the great man going into exile and the plots of various lords to support or oppose him. Read morePublished 5 months ago by D. J. Favager
Great movie about Confucius, an educator, in the time when China was, govern by war, as a method of discipline, rather than Education and statics.Published 6 months ago by cherry b
Great performance Chou Yun Fat, he brought out the dignity and wisdom of Confucius well. The other parts were well played, careful not to out perform the main role. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good, about his life from the begining of teaching full of good mindfulness.Published 10 months ago by Lone Wolf
Good if interested in life of Confucius. Difficult at times to read two sets of subtitles on different parts of the screen as they move quite quickly. Overall a well balanced filmPublished 12 months ago by Eddie
Well Confucius requires deeper and more thorough processing to movie. perhaps it is for masses but I requires better format than this.Published 17 months ago by Zdenek Hanzlik