Sacrifice  {Zhao shi gu er}
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Zhao shi gu er
China, 2010, 132 Minute Running Time
Topics: Action/Adventure, Asian, Drama
Program: Modern Masters
Language: Chinese English Sub-Titles

After a few lean years, Chinese Fifth Generation master Chen Kaige (Farwell My Concubine, Yellow Earth) is back at the top of his game with this sumptuous adaptation of an 800-year-old Yuan Dynasty play. A tale of mistaken identity, court intrigue, murder, revenge—and sacrifice, of course—Chen’s drama combines the epic and the intimate to hugely entertaining effect. When the powerful Zhao clan is falsely accused of killing the king and then subsequently destroyed in a violent bloodbath by envious General Tu-Angu (Wang Xueqi), the Zhao patriarch’s newborn son is smuggled to safety by family doctor Cheng Ying (Ge You). Tu-Angu learns of this and threatens to kill a hundred babies if he can’t have baby Zhao, and a series of mishaps leads to Cheng turning over his own baby, who Tu-Angu promptly murders. So begin the sacrifices made by Cheng as he raises the Zhao baby (as Cheng Bo), and grooms him to exact revenge….

DIRECTOR: Chen Kaige
Producer: Chen Hong, Qin Hong, Ren Zhonglun, Long Qiuyun
Editor: Derek Hui
Screenwriter: Chen Kaige
Cinematographer: Yang Shu
Music: Ma Shangyou
Principal Cast: Ge You, Wang Xueqi, Huang Xiaoming, Fan Bingbing, Hai Qing, Ahang Fengyi
Filmography: The Promise (2005), Together (2002), The Emperor and the Assassin (1999), Farewell My Concubine (1993), The Big Parade (1985), Yellow Earth (1984)
Print Source: Samuel Goldwyn Films -

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