- Sep 12
- Chen Kaige’s SACRIFICE: U.S DVD review
- Posted by Deljhp - 12/09/12 at 05:25 PM
Director: Chen Kaige. Review: Chris Sawin.
Viewing "Sacrifice" after "White Vengeance" was kind of interesting. Both were Chinese films with a lot of history and even though "Sacrifice" is more dramatic in comparison it seemed to keep you interested in the storyline from beginning to end and didn't drag unlike "White Vengeance," which was so incredibly slow at times. Downright comparing the two films is really unfair to both because they're pretty different overall. "Sacrifice" is more along the lines of what a Chinese epic should be.
This is one of the most gestating forms of revenge to ever be filmed. The only comparison that comes to mind is when Beatrix Kiddo kills Vernita Green in front of her daughter Nikki in "Kill Bill." Beatrix then tells Nikki that she'll be waiting if Nikki wants to avenge her mother's death in the future. "Sacrifice" takes that brief moment, but stretches it into an entire film.
General Tu'an Gu (Wang Xueqi) is constantly mocked and ridiculed by chancellor Zhao Dun (Bao Guo'an) and his son General Zhao Shuo (Vincent Zhao). Tu'an poisons the duke in response and blames it on the Zhao family before murdering all 300 members of the Zhao clan. But Zhao Shuo had a son with the duke's sister Princess Zhuang (Fan Bingbing) that her physician Cheng Ying (Ge You) is now in charge of keeping safe in addition to a newborn of his own...Continue review.
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