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Confucius - Preview

Confucius

Preview by Jack Foley

FROM the acclaimed producer of John Woo’s Red Cliff and Jet Li’s Warlords, comes this powerhouse biopic of the legendary Chinese philosopher, Confucius.

Showcasing a commanding and captivating performance from screen icon, Chow Yun-Fat, this epic masterpiece balances breathtaking spectacle, visceral action and heart-wrenching drama to deliver one of this year’s most unforgettable movies.

In 500 B.C., during China’s famed ‘Spring and Autumn Period’, Kong Ze (Confucius), a commoner revered for his outstanding wisdom, is made Minister of Law in the ancient Kingdom of Lu. Under his inspired leadership, Lu ascends to new heights but becomes a target of conquest for the warlike nation of Qi.

Threatened with annihilation by their powerful neighbour, desperate people turn to their greatest teacher to lead their most powerful army. When Confucius delivers a stunning victory against all odds, a jealous aristocracy sets out to destroy him, but they should never under-estimate a remarkable man whose wisdom is more powerful than the sword.

With breathtaking cinematography from Oscar-winning director of photography, Peter Pau (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Confucius is one of Asian Cinema’s finest achievements and is a compelling invitation to discover the remarkable story of one of history’s greatest heroes.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 119 mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: October 4, 2010