Thursday, January 31, 2013

Clara cet été là Clara's Summer

 Released Year: 2004
Directed by Patrick Grandperret

Casted by:
 Selma Brook as Clara
Soko as Zoé (as Stéphanie Sokolinski)
Salomé Stévenin as Sonia
Léo Grandperret as Sébastien
Bastien Catenacci as Kevin
Clara and her best friend Zoé head to summer camp for a summer of adventure and self-discovery. Both virgins, Zoé views camp as her chance to lose her virginity. After becoming romantically involved with Sébastien, a fellow camp member, Zoé learns that Sébastien cares far more about his friends than her and has sex with her just to impress them. After discovering this unsettling fact, Zoé turns to Clara for moral support and then, in a moment of confusion, professes her love for her. Clara, in the midst of recognizing her own sexuality, rejects Zoé's romantic advance but soon regrets the spurn, and begins to become attracted to the beautiful and out Sonia.
 L² Scored: 7/10

L² Comment:
A lesbian movie which involve those teenagers who are confuse about their own sexual desire. The whole movie is not bad, i would have score it a bit more higher if there are more sex scenes and nudity~ lol

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Break Up Club 分手說愛你

 Released Year: 2010
Directed by 黄真真 Wong Jane Jane

Casted by:
房祖名 Jaycee Chan as Joe
薛凯琪 Fiona Xie as 阿花 Hua
叶山豪 Hayama as Lies  
邓健泓 Patrick Tang as Sunny
Joe met director Jane and told her about the break up club he saw online in the library, but other computers cannot access to that website. Jane gave him a video camera to shoot the things he wanted to, Joe shot friends and his life around him, he even wanted to shoot himself having sex with his girlfriend Hua, but found out by Hua and they broke up.

Joe help his friend Sunny to break up with his sticky girlfriend and this help Joe to get back together with Hua. When both of them get together again, they got more argument on their daily life. At this moment, Hua met Lies who tackle her fiercely. Hua accepted Lies and decided to go to America with him, though Joe wanted to win back Hua, but he couldn't use the break up club to do it. But at the airport, Hua saw back the clips Joe make and she finally decided to go back to Joe...
L² Scored: 6/10

L² Comment:
There's really nothing to shout at for this movie, its a simple nice romantic movie directed by Wong Jane Jane. The storyline is kinda special though, but there's no peak moment at this movie at all~

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

CZ12 十二生肖

 Released Year: 2012
Directed by 成龙 Jackie Chan

Casted by:
成龍 Jackie Chan as JC
姚星彤 Yao Xing Tong as CoCo
權相佑 Kwon Sang Woo as Simon
張藍心 Zhang Lan Xin as Bonnie
廖凡 Liao Fan as David
Laura Weissbecker as Katherine
The movie begins by a man telling the story of the Old Summer Palace and how it was looted in the 1800s by the British in the Second opium war. Among the treasures are bronze heads of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.

In the present day, the bronze heads are auctioned for over a million euros each. The main company supplying the bronze heads and other stolen relics is MP Corporation. JC, is tasked by MP Corp to find the remaining lost bronze heads, with a promise of a 10 times bonus if he can recover all of them. JC visits a man named Professor Guan, who had created 12 identical replicas for study purposes with his team of researchers, under the pretense that he is a reporter named Martin from National Geographic. When left alone, JC scans the multiple bronze Zodiac animal heads using special gloves so that his secret organisation can replicate an extremely realistic model of them. After scanning, he goes to Paris to find a woman named Coco, recommended by Professor Guan, for more information on the whereabouts of two bronze heads.

JC, along with his partners Simon, David, and Bonnie, infiltrate a mansion to find two of the bronze heads. JC manages to decode the password to a top secret vault and finds two bronze heads, a painting called "The Roses", along with many other valuable national treasures thought to be lost inside. JC's cover was soon busted but managed to evade capture with all the valuables, but is spotted by Coco. Having no time to explain himself, he tells Coco to meet him at a boat house while fleeing from the mansion's security. At the boat house, Martin tells Coco that he is working for a secret corporation that is trying to recover all the lost relics for China. The guards from the mansion storm the boat house and try to attack JC. However, the police are called in and arrest all of them. JC, Coco and Simon are cleared of any wrongdoing and are released.

Coco, JC and his team are invited to a castle owned by a lady named Katherine (Laura Weissbecker). Unknown to them, the guards from the mansion continue to tail them out of suspicion. It turns out the captain of the "Indestructible", one of the ships involved in the destruction of the Old Summer Place and taking away the treasures, is Katherine's great-grandfather. This upsets Coco, who confronts Katherine on the issue. JC and his team find many valuable treasures in the castle, including the Bronze head of the Rooster, and hatch a series of plans to ferry them out. JC promises Katherine that he will help her locate her great grandfather's remains.

The next day, they venture out in search of the Indestructible's treasures, located on a seemingly uninhabited island. JC instructs Coco and Katherine to stay behind while his team explore the island. However, Coco and Katherine disobey JC's orders to look for Katherine's great grandfather's corpse on their own. They get entangled among the vines and this forces JC to rescue them. The group accidentally discovers the remains of the Indestructible, several more bronze heads and a large quantity of gold (plus the remains of Katherine's great-grandfather.) As they prepare to leave with all the artifacts, they are confronted by the guards from the mansion. In turn, the island's local inhabitants, a group of pirates, appear and promptly capture all of them. JC and his team fight their way through to escape the island via a log set up with a pulley system, leaving the five guards with the pirates.

Back on the yacht, Coco accidentally discovers the real motive of JC's ventures and confronts him. Subsequently, the log carrying approximately eight tonnes of gold and the corpse of Katherine's great-grandpa sinks due to the heavy weight of the gold and the corpse, and all the log's contents are lost. Nevertheless, JC and his team still get rewarded for recovering some of the lost bronze heads. The group is enraged when they find out that the supposedly-missing dragon bronze head was already at the hands of MP Corp all along, thereby making it impossible to claim the large bonus. Meanwhile, Coco and her fellow students' protests over the sale of the national treasures escalated quickly to grab worldwide attention. As Coco's students try to find out more about MP Corp, three of them, including Coco's younger brother, are captured. Coco approaches JC for help but JC seems nonchalant.

JC contacts MP Corp on the availability of "The Roses" artefact and is allowed into the secret premises. Having toured the entire factory, where almost exact duplicates of the relics are made to be sold as real relics in auctions, JC deduces the location of the captives. He challenges a long time rival who happens to be there as well – the unscrupulous treasure hunter, Vulture, to a fight but it ends in a stalemate. JC bargains with MP Corp to sell "The Roses" painting at a reduced price and secures the release of the three hostages. When MP Corp refuses, JC fights his way to the chamber. During the ensuing fight, a furnace explodes due to a guard's baton rupturing one of the pipes. The explosion destroys most of the facility. JC later settles for the release of the three hostages in exchange for the painting and not paying damages done to the premises.

Meanwhile, the dragon bronze head is expected to fetch the highest price in the auction but no one bids for it due to increasing pressure from activist groups. MP Corp, in a bid to teach these groups a lesson, threatens to throw the relic into an active volcano, calling the mission "Let the Dragon Fly," if no bids are received by 12:00 noon the next day. The deadline passes without a single bid and Vulture leads a group of three sky divers to throw the relic into the volcano. JC intervenes and, in the ensuing air-borne struggle, seemingly dies in order to save the relic from dropping into the volcano. As a mark of respect, Vulture hands over the relic to a sprawling JC. MP Corp's owners are arrested on suspicion of counterfeit relics. JC survives and is seen recovering in a hospital and on good terms with everyone, including Vulture. The movie ends off in JC kissing his wife.
  L² Scored: 9/10

L² Comment:
Omg, i have totally forgotten to blog about this movie after i have watched it in the cinema lol~ Rumors said that this will be Jackie Chan's last movie, but is it true? I thought he is preparing for "Police Story 2013"? So, is this some sort of a technique to attract more audience in the cinema? His wife and son even came out in the movie and help out to gain more fame for him.

Overall i love the storyline, though some of his action is a bit predictable, but i still love it. Surprisingly, he is using Kwon Sang Woo in this movie, i mean, i love Kwon, but don't you think he is a bit too famous for that character? But i definitely like Zhang Lan Xin, this girl really got potential and she's very beautiful too~ Overall the whole movie is good, expected to be a bit more better on the comedy part, but well, i couldn't ask much more than this then~ lol

Monday, January 28, 2013

Banana Spirit 精靈變

 Released Year: 1992
Directed by 卢坚 Lou Kin

Casted by:
吴镇宇 Francis Ng as 阿植 Zhi
林正英 Lam Zhen Ying as 陈福生 Sheng
傅俪人 Fu Li Ren as Iris
倪星 Collin Chow as 阿车 Che

Zhi and Che are 2 buddies who like adventurous, they took up a challenge to call out the banana spirit from a forest. Zhi was told to imagine the banana spirit with the most beautiful woman he has see, Zhi thought of the model Iris. Things happened and everyone ran away, Zhi saw Iris and quickly pull her away from the incident. But Zhi never realize this is not the real Iris, but is the Iris which transform by the banana spirit.

Zhi brought Iris home, she was very open and always naked in front of Zhi and Zhi has great sex with her. Iris even act open in fron of Zhi's sister and her boyfriend Sheng. In the end Sheng discovered Iris is a banana spirit and request her to return back to her own place before she hurt the soul of Zhi.
 L² Scored: 4.5/10

L² Comment:
Oh well, this old film is quite ok, talks about the banana spirit which came out to attack young man and slowly absorb their soul away when they have sex. Francis look young of course but his acting is a bit so so... overall the movie is ok, but is it memorable? i dont think so....

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Money Maker 花心赌圣 / 贏錢專家

 Released Year: 1991
Directed by 王晶 Wang Jing

Casted by:
王晶 Wang Jing as 朱祥奋 Fen
吴孟达 Ng Man-Tat as 三叔 3rd uncle
邱淑贞 Chingmy Yau as 高豆豆 Dao
吴君如 Sandra Ng as 高少少 Xiu
林正英 Lam Zhen Ying as 二叔 2nd Uncle
Fen live with his 2nd & 3rd uncle ever since his father passed away. The 2nd uncle is a successful wizard but the 3rd uncle never learns the trick properly and so as Fen, both of them only fool around and try to cheat some money from the villagers. Xiu is the gambling queen in Hong Kong, she was attacked by the Thailand gambling king by using the black magic. 

Xiu's spirit seek help from Fen & his 3rd uncle who can see her, she help them to win money in order for them to bring her back to Hong Kong to see her sister Dao. But when the 2 guys reach the jetty, the 3rd uncle threw the umbrella away which use to carry Xiu's spirit. Xiu get angry and went to disturb them when she was released in the night. Fen forced to help Xiu, but later on he was surprise that Dao is actually a very pretty lady who knows some fighting skill. But when Fen's 2nd uncle discover that Xiu's spirit is around, her captured her. But times prove that Xiu is a good spirit, he released her.

Together, Fen & his both uncle & Xiu & Dao, they went to search the Thailand gambling king for revenge. But the female wizard is powerful too, she fought hard with the 2nd uncle but still being defeated. The Thailand gambling king lost all his money without the female wizard's help. Finally Xiu got her revenge and left them for a reborn, she order Fen to take good care of Dao in the future.
L² Scored: 3.5/10

L² Comment:
This is one of those Wang Jing stupid comedy that make you laugh non stop, but this movie does not really work for me in that way. First of all, Wang Jing himself is the main actor has totally turn me off. He can be a very good director in comedy or xxx film, but he definitely is not good in acting. Second, the storyline is so so so expectable... can u give us something new?!? Well, this is in 1991 anyway, hope u enjoy... yawn

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


 Released Year: 2006
Directed by Zack Synder

Casted by:
 Gerard Butler as King Leonidas
Rodrigo Santoro as King Xerxes
Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo
Dilios, a Spartan soldier, narrates the story of Leonidas from his boyhood to becoming a king of Sparta. Years later, a Persian messenger arrives at the gates of Sparta, demanding the submission of Sparta to King Xerxes. In response to this demand, Leonidas kicks the messenger into a large well. Knowing this will prompt a Persian attack, Leonidas visits the Ephors—ancient leprosy-ridden priests whose blessing he needs before the Spartan council will authorize going to war. He proposes they repel the numerically superior Persians by using the terrain of Thermopylae (the Hot Gates) and funneling the Persians into a narrow pass between the rocks and the sea. The Ephors consult the Oracle, who decrees that Sparta must not go to war during their religious festival Carnea. As Leonidas departs, two agents of Xerxes appear—one of them, Theron, a Spartan—who bribe the Ephors with concubines and money.

Leonidas follows his plan anyway, setting out with only 300 soldiers, whom he calls his personal guards to avoid needing the council's permission. Though he regards the mission as certain suicide, he hopes the sacrifice will spur the council to unite against Persia. On the way to Thermopylae, Arcadians join the Spartans. At Thermopylae they construct a wall to contain the approaching Persians. As construction goes on, Leonidas meets Ephialtes, a hunchbacked Spartan in exile whose parents fled Sparta to spare him certain infanticide. Wanting to redeem his father's name, Ephialtes asks to join the fight; he warns Leonidas of a secret path the Persians could use to outflank and surround them. Though Leonidas sympathizes with Ephialtes's will to fight, he turns him down, as Ephialtes cannot properly hold a shield: this would compromise the Spartans' phalanx formation.

Before the battle, the Persian Captain demands that the Spartans lay down their weapons. Leonidas refuses, and with their tightly-knit phalanx formation, the Spartans use the narrow terrain to repeatedly rebuff the advancing Persian army. Xerxes personally parleys with Leonidas, offering him wealth and power in exchange for his loyalty and surrender. Leonidas declines, and Xerxes sends his elite guard, the formidable Immortals, to attack, but the Spartans successfully dispatch them, suffering a few casualties of their own. Xerxes then sends a number of exotic weapons at the Spartans, including black powder bombs and war elephants, but all of these attacks fail. During these attacks, Astinos is killed, which drives his father Captain Artemis into a fit of rage.

Angered by Leonidas's rejection, Ephialtes defects to the Persians and informs them of the secret path. When they realize Ephialtes's treachery, the Arcadians retreat, and Leonidas orders Dilios to return to Sparta to tell the Council of their sacrifice. Though Dilios had recently injured his left eye in combat, he is still fit for battle, but Leonidas decides to use Dilios's gift for storytelling to appeal to the Spartan council. Though reluctant to leave his brothers behind, Dilios leaves with the Arcadians.

In Sparta, Queen Gorgo (Leonidas' wife) agrees to a sexual encounter with Theron, before which he promises his help in persuading the Spartan council to send reinforcements to Leonidas. However, following her address to the Council, Theron publicly betrays the Queen by accusing her of adultery, prompting the councilmen to cry out in outrage and Gorgo to kill him in a fit of anger. The xiphē that Gorgo uses to kill Theron pierces his purse, spilling Persian coins from his robe, revealing his role as traitor, and the Council agrees to unite against Persia.

At Thermopylae, the Persians use the goat path to outflank the Spartans. Xerxes's general demands their surrender, again offering Leonidas titles and prestige. Leonidas seemingly bows in submission, allowing Stelios to leap over him and kill the general instead. Furious, Xerxes orders his troops to attack. Leonidas rises and hurls his spear at Xerxes, cutting the King on the cheek, thus fulfilling an earlier promise to "make the God-King bleed". Visibly disturbed by this reminder of his mortality, Xerxes watches as a massive barrage of arrows kills all the Spartans. Moments before his death, Leonidas pledges his undying love to Gorgo.

Concluding his tale before an audience of Spartans on the edge of the battlefield a year after Thermopylae, Dilios relates how the Persian army has suffered desertions, out of fear and the heavy casualties they suffered at the hands of a mere 300 Spartans. Word of their valiant resistance spread across Greece, inspiring the different city-states to unite against the Persians. Now, the Persians face 10,000 Spartans leading 30,000 free Greeks. Although still outnumbered three to one, Dilios declares that the Greeks shall be victorious and praises the sacrifice of the 300. He then leads the Greeks in a charge against the Persian army at the Battle of Plataea, the battle that would end Persia's invasion of Greece.
 L² Scored: 5/10

L² Comment:
For me, a good movie is when i watch it, it makes me WOW, and when i watch it again, or perhaps few years later, i can still WOW... For this movie, of course i was WOW in 2006/2077.. but rewatching it again, i feel its kinda stupid and the graphic is a bit too much~ but however, this movie has make Gerard Butler a hit in the hollywood~

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Seeing Other People

 Released Year: 2004
Directed by Wallace Wolodarsky

Casted by:
Jay Mohr as Ed
Julianne Nicholson as Alice
Lauren Graham as Claire
Bryan Cranston as Peter
Josh Charles as Lou
Andy Richter as Carl

Ed and Alice are in love. Not passionate, ripping-clothes-off in love. But they do laundry on Saturday, do small things that make each other happy. At their engagement party, Alice sees a friend hook up with a server and comes to the conclusion that she would like to try more sexual partners before she settles down for the rest of her life.

Ed, initially resistant to the idea of seeing other people, decides to go along with it. Alice takes the lead by making out with a friend's contractor, Donald. When she tells Ed, he is shocked but incredibly turned on. They have some of the best sex they've had in years.

Ed attempts to have sex with an actress at work but can't perform. Alice finally psyches herself up to having sex with Donald at his house. She leaves satisfied but hurriedly, while Donald clearly has fallen for her.

That night, Alice tells Ed that she had sex with Donald. Ed never thought she would actually go that far. Upset, he leaves. He tries to hook up with different girls at a house party with his friend Carl but none of his attempts go well. He returns home to find Alice trying to call off the whole deal. Ed tells her that she's right and that he overreacted. But he says that they should continue the deal until she is completely satisfied so they have no regrets.

The next day, Ed succeeds in having sex with the actress. When he tells Alice, he expects her to be jealous, but instead she is turned on. They again have sex and believe things to be going well. Having sex outside their relationship is improving their own sex life.

Carl observes a woman (Penelope) in a stereo store who is being pressured by an overzealous sales clerk. He helps install a new system for Penelope and her son Jake. Jake is angry at his mother because of her recent divorce.

Ed has a date at a restaurant and turns out to be seated next to Alice and Donald. It's uncomfortable. Later, waiting for their cars, Ed and Alice talk. Ed is upset that Alice is seeing Donald, and she is upset that Ed has slept with so many women. Ed says they are supposed to be sleeping with other people but she is just sleeping with one, as if it's a relationship. She says it's hard to sleep with other people with him living in the house. Ed agrees to move out.

Alice is growing tired of Donald because he is needy. Ed is getting tired of meaningless sex. He eventually starts dating a woman named Sandy and grows to like her more and more.

Breaking it off with Donald after finding out that he dates other women, Alice tries to get back with Ed. Ed however, has feelings for Sandy at this point.

But she is not quite what she seems. After a failed three-way in which the third girl straps on a dildo, Sandy suggests they try crack cocaine.

In a self-destructive impulse, Alice tries to sleep with her sister's husband Peter. Her sister is having an affair with Ed's friend Lou. She shows up and all is revealed. Alice misses how comfortable and happy she used to be.

Ed ends up stranded when Sandy runs off with his car after stealing a bag of crack. He walks all night and arrives at Alice's house just as everyone else is leaving. He pulls out a book of stamps that he bought weeks ago because he knew it to be one of the small things she loves. They sit side by side, not entirely sure where they go from here.
L² Scored: 7/10

L² Comment:
Well, i really like the storyline of this movie, the idea of seeing other people for a girl like Alice might really appeared among the society. But, but... though the story is good, but the actors & actresses are really sucks... sigh

Friday, January 18, 2013

Moon and Stars and Sun 月亮星星太陽

 Released Year: 1988
Directed by 麥當傑 Michael Mak

Casted by:
鄭裕玲 Dodo Cheng as Porsche    
鍾楚紅 Cherie Chung as Gigi    
張曼玉 Maggie Cheung as 阿珠 Chu     
胡錦 Wu Jing as Margarita
Chu's father is a gambler and he owe a lot of money and force Chu out as a prostitute under Margarita to earn money for him. Chu met Gigi and Porsche. Gigi is a woman who trusted her love so much, she become a prostitute to earn money for her boyfriend to get a good lawyer. Porsche is a divorcee and worked long under Margarita, she's now not famous & always didnt hit her target.

As days goes by, Chu met her dream man, a banker. He loves her so much and didnt bother about her status and identity. But until one day, Chu's parents embarrass themselves in front of the boyfriend and Chu identity was exposed in the banking industry. The boyfriend cancel off their marriage.

Gigi didn't actually sleep with any of her client at all. She met a big lawyer in the club and beg him to help, but the lawyer forced her to have sex as a trade. Gigi beat him up and ran away, she then used a not so popular lawyer but still win the case. Her boyfriend came out from jail and Gigi supported him to open a hair saloon. Gigi's client get mad of her and raped her in a hotel, the boyfriend know about it and get pissed off at Gigi instead. Gigi found out her boyfriend use up all her money for the saloon and spend on other woman. Gigi is dissapointed and left her man.

Porsche always wanted to earn enough money to visit her daughter who has migrated to USA with her ex husband. But her attitude and behaviour has caused a lot of other girls to hate her. On a fight, she almost lost her job but luckily Chu, Gigi & Margarita save her ass.Porsche has hope again when she received a letter from her very first boyfriend who has gone to work in USA. He told her that he will be back to Hong Kong and married her again. Porsche was excited and trained herself to become a lady. But when the first lover return, Porsche was shocked to see that he has transform into a big fat guy & he actually back to get her into his USA's prostitution business. Porsche dream crash...

In the end, 3 of them has gone back into the hooker business with a broken heart...
  L² Scored: 10/10

L² Comment:
I so so so love this movie... The stories of these ladies are so touching... Their laughter, their cries really affected my mood when i watched this movie. Dodo Cheng even won the Best Actress in the Golden Horse Awards, defeated Cherie Chung who was in the nomination list as well. A very very good film that i recommend all of you to watch/rewatch...

Monday, January 14, 2013

YesterYou YesterMe Yesterday 记得.....香蕉成熟时

 Released Year: 1993
Directed by 赵良骏 Samson Chiu

Casted by:
邓一君 John Tang as 杨醒波 Bo 
曾志伟 Eric Tsang as 杨先生 Mr Yeung
冯宝宝 Petrina Feng as 杨太 Mrs Yeung
吕秀菱 Lu Xiu Ling as 夏梦 Meng
卢爱伦 Ellen Lo as 婷婷 Ting
This movie talks about Bo's journey of growing up from a kid to a teenager. He faces a lot of issues, such as the changes and reaction on his body; his best friend Ting has turn into a beautiful girl and attracted to him; his sister is having the period; a pretty lady Meng rents a room from them and caught his attention.

Bo also met a new friend from school, Teddy who seems to be on a gangster group, Teddy even has a girlfriend who is a prostitute. Teddy has mentioned to Bo that he wanted to earn money and starts his own life, he even ask Bo to try his first sex by paying his girlfriend to do it with Bo. But Teddy past away in his early age which cause Bo to be sad.

Of course, the movie also goes around Bo's parents and his study in the school...
 L² Scored: 9/10

L² Comment:
This movie has make a blast on the big screen in 1993, John Tang has even nominated as the Best New Actors in that year, but did not win in the end. The whole movie is nice, and it really show how timid and shy when a boy turn into teenager and not knowing what will happen. Some scene reminds me of my own experience and haha~ i have a good time watching this movie~

Friday, January 11, 2013

Ancient Chinese Whorehouse 青楼十二房

 Released Year: 1994
Directed by 黎继明 Lai Ju Min

Casted by:
翁虹 Yvonne Yung as 五姑娘 Lady Five
程雪雁 Cheng Xue Yan as 阿青 Qing
郑则仕 Kent Cheng as 刚哥 Gang
刘的之 Liu De Zhi  as 阿逸 Yi
Qing was sold to the whorehouse and work under Lady 5. Gang and his apprentice Yi creates sex toys for the whorehouse to make it more famous. Yi fall in love with Qing, but out of any money, he can't help Qing to get away from the whorehouse. Lady 5 sells off Qing's virginity to customer a few days later.

There is a sex maniac came to the city who rapes all girls, even Lady 5 was attacked, but Gang still loves her as always. The sex maniac get caught, but another whorehouse appear as their rival. The rival has a caucasian hooker who is the biggest competitor for them. Lady 5 send Yi over to fuck her off and win her back to become their hooker.
 L² Scored: 8/10

L² Comment:
 Its an erotic film definitely, but its funny too. A lot of those 90'2 Hong Kong Erotic films brought along the comedy factor so as this film. This film shows us that during that period, the society already got plenty of sex toys or machine to pleasurize them :) cool huh?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Assassins (Bronze Sparrow Terrace) 铜雀台

 Released Year: 2012
Directed by 赵林山 Zhao Lin Shan

Casted by:
周润发 Chow Yun-fat as 曹操  Cao Cao
刘亦菲 Liu Yifei as 灵雎 / 貂蝉  Lingju / Diaochan
玉木宏 Hiroshi Tamaki as 穆顺  Mu Shun
苏有朋 Alec Su as 汉献帝  Emperor Xian of Han
伊能静 Annie Yi as 伏皇后  Empress Fu Shou
邱心志 Qiu Xinzhi as 曹丕 Cao Pi
The film is set in China between the late 190s and 200s towards the end of the Han Dynasty. Cao Cao had defeated Lü Bu and many other rival warlords to gain supremacy in northern China. In 216, Cao Cao was granted the title of a vassal king - King of Wei - by Emperor Xian. He then had the Bronze Sparrow Platform constructed as a display of power.

Lingju is the orphaned daughter of Lü Bu and Diaochan, and she, like many other orphaned children of Cao Cao's enemies, had been recruited in her childhood by Cao Cao's rivals to be trained as assassins to kill Cao Cao. She met Mu Shun, a castrated man, and fell in love with him. Lingju and Mu Shun both eventually found their way into the palace: Lingju became one of Cao Cao's mistresses while Mu Shun became a eunuch in the palace.

Throughout the film, there were two major attempts on Cao Cao's life. The first was masterminded by Empress Fu Shou and her father Fu Wan. This plan failed and Cao Cao had the conspirators (including the empress) executed in front of Emperor Xian. The second was a revolt led by the imperial physician Ji Ben and his supporters, but the rebellion was swiftly crushed. There is a brief scene showing that Cao Cao suspects that his son Cao Pi is involved in the assassination plots.

Mu Shun failed in his attempt to kill Cao Cao, who revealed that he knew all along that Lingju was planning to assassinate him. Cao Cao promises to spare Lingju's life, and in return, Mu Shun disguised himself as Cao Cao and rode out of the city, only to be killed by Ji Ben's followers. Lingju later committed suicide to join Mu Shun.
  L² Scored: 7/10

L² Comment:
Well, this is the historical film talks about Cao Cao building the bronze sparrow terrace in his late life to embrace his success during the war time. What surprise me the most is Liu Yi Fei has a very very brave acting which she shows her nice body to us :) But the storyline is a bit bored though...