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The Banquet

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“To fight or not to fight?” That’s the question in this Chinese spin-kick on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Daniel Wu is the prince whose dad has mysteriously carked it, while his uncle (Ge You) takes the throne by wedding Wu’s stepmum (Ziyi Zhang). In a melee of machinations, Wu loves Ziyi but wants revenge so – of course – they ruck! But sadly not often enough. Director Feng Xiaogang’s Banquet is sumptuously laid out but lacks real bite, despite an undeniably exhilarating final course.

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: June 2nd 2008

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