A reasonably good rendition of historical drama (206 BC! Qin Dynasty & founding of Han Dynasty) with Liu Bang ending as Emperor. What is interesting is not the history but the portrayal of the drama itself. Interestingly, this movie also "dictates" that people who come to power don't change much, no matter how much time has passed!
A little bit of historical background is needed to actually understanding what is really happening in this movie. It is not the first time the story has appeared in cinema. It is however the first time it has captured my attention and much of my enjoyment. Chinese cinema has hopes afterall! :)
Modern China is a mystery to most people, not to mention the foreigners. Ancient China is an even more complicated concept and it has nothing to do with communism at all. The Chinese civilization is one of the most ancient in the world and that translates to lots of stories, facts and interpretation of events. This is a movie about a real event some 2200+ years ago (around 206 BC). The event, literally translated to Hongmen Banquet is one which took place outside Xianyang … more