道场 Dào·Chǎng

Notes of a lifelong learner and perpetual beginner on martial arts, mindfulness, Chinese calligraphy…and many, many cups of tea.

Film Review: The Last Supper

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The incredibly talented and generous staff at Kung Fu Magazine sent me a DVD/Blu-Ray copy of the film The Last Supper. This film stars Liu Ye, Daniel Wu, Chang Chen, Qin Lan and Sha Yi. The film is set in the final days of the Qin dynasty, an focuses on narrating the story of how Liu Bang and Xiang Yu met and eventually overthrew the Qin dynasty.

The Qin dynasty united the separate kingdoms of China through force and conquest, and sought to establish a single currency and language among other things. However, the motivations for independence among the kingdoms was never completely quelled, as was the subject of another film, The Emperor and the Assassin. As a matter of fact, if you have the opportunity to watch The Emperor and the Assassin back-to-back with The Last Supper, I’d recommend it.

Like The Emperor and the Assassin, watching The Last Supper will delve you into the politics, scandal and back-stabbing world of the Qin era. This is not a martial arts film with Hong Kong cable work, or a film with huge cinematic battle scenes. Rather, this film presents the story of Liu Bang and Xiang Yu in a very different and sometimes almost surreal way. The film storyline is not presented in a predictable linear “and then” kind of way, but rather strings together darkly beautiful beads of drama and intrigue that stack and culminate at the film’s end. It was a risky approach, and I liked it a lot! That said, I recommend plugging in the rice cooker, heating up the tea water, and checking this film out.

 

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Author: Tom Delaney

See my website at http://www.dao-chang.com.

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