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Original Name  孔子決戰春秋
Official Release Date  Mar 11, 2010
Starring  Chow Yun Fat, Zhou Xun, Chen Jian Bin
Director  Hu Mei
Screen Format  Anamorphic Wide Screen
Video Format  NTSC
Audio  Dolby Digital 5.1
Language  Mandarin
Subtitles  Chinese, English
Running Time  119 Minutes
Genre  Drama
Version  Hong Kong
  Category IIB
Not suitable for young persons and children.
PAX-Code PAX0002978434
Catalog No.  DVD-5382
Item Code  4890391153821


Their life as wanderers is not easy. Confucius withstands both temptations and hardships, and is more than once forced to flee when another local war breaks out. Eventually, many years later, he is invited back to Lu, once again threatened by a political coup. But he agrees to return only as a teacher, refusing to involve himself in politics, and spends his declining years studying and collating the classics. History records that he died a disappointed man, but his work outlived the “Spring and Autumn Period” in which he lived and echoed through the dynasties to become the very bedrock of Chinese civilization. This film tells the story of the turbulent life and stirring times of the greatest sage and teacher ever known.


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anthony2pokemon (33) on 30, Jan. 2012 18:26 (HKT)
Great movie.
I was touch by how confucious spread his philosophy and teaching and how he be so humble even if people ws angry at him. he's like JC of china.
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xanderlone (21) on 09, Oct. 2010 23:11 (HKT)
Chow Yun-Fat at his best!
What you have here is Chow Yun-Fat's best performance in the last years and that's enough to recommend this movie even if you're not that into heavy drama. A mesmerizing actor in the best part he's had these last years. And you'll learn something about peace, love and freedom.
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aimanrifhan (36) on 07, Jul. 2010 05:30 (HKT)
Good drama, superb performances
Good drama, superb performances
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roycck (273) on 25, Jun. 2010 20:59 (HKT)
Confucius Is Okay
Confucius is a movie that taught us to respect each other as equal. Bought the dvd as Chow Yun Fat is one of my favorite movie actors and in the movie, he portrayed Confucius very well indeed. The movie is a long two hours and if you are into drama with lots of dialogue and talking about characters in history, this movie is definitely for you.
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bodhid (2) on 20, May. 2010 23:29 (HKT)
Good, but could and should have been better
Let me start by saying that I purchased this movie mostly because of Chow Yun Fat and partly out of interest in Confucius. I must also say that I am unfamiliar with most of the other actors in the movie and know practically nothing about the production of the movie.

I have given this movie only 3 stars because I think that it's overly compressed, and I'll explain this with two examples. First, if you receive the same edition of the movie I did, you're going to encounter a cover that features Chow Yun Fat and a beautiful woman. The presence of the woman on the cover (who I suspect is a prominent Chinese actress; I apologize for my ignorance on this point) led me to believe that she would play a significant role in the film. For anyone anticipating this: She doesn't. And in the actual viewing, her interaction with Chow comes across as a throw-away--one suspects that there is at least another hour of footage featuring the two together, but that it was discarded in the interests of time.

A more extended example of this is, unfortunately, the entire 2nd half of the movie. Confucius and his disciples' exile is treated--strange to say--almost perfunctorily. The only real sense of progression one gets from this half of the movie comes from the changing geography and the rapidly aging appearance of Confucius' face.

Having said all that, this is still a good movie. The first half of the movie plays out thoughtfully and at times is even exciting. Even in the sections that play out too rapidly, there are a number of touching scenes that demonstrate the devotion between Confucius and his students. Nor should I leave out that movie does manage a degree of visual or artistic achievement in its recreation of the period. And, finally, Chow Yun Fat brings the sincerity and conviction to his part that his fans have come to expect from his performances (even in some of the bad films, like Bulletproof Monk).

As I've said, I'm not familiar with the production history behind the movie. And it certainly makes sense that the people responsible for the movie deemed it commercially unwise to release what feels like probably should've been a 5 hour experience. Within those constraints, I suppose they did the best that they could. But for a home release, and given the significance of the subject matter, if there is a director's cut of the movie out there somewhere, it'd be really nice if they put it out there for us.
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