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Battle of Wits [Blu-ray]

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Import
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Imports
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HS0SF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Import Blu-Ray/Region All pressing. Please note while the feature film is viewable on all Blu-Ray players the special features are in Standard Definition/PAL format and will not be viewable on US BR players. Director Jacob Cheung presents his first period epic with magnificent, realistic war scenes and thought-provoking content. Besides witty battle strategies, A Battle of Wits creates greater interest with its philosophical content about Mohism, a belief in universal love and peace that actually existed in Chinese history. The main character of the film, Ge Le, successfully embodied by Andy Lau, is a follower of Mohism. The story takes place in the city-state of Liang, ruled by the incapable King (Wang Zhiwen), which is now the target of invasion from its neighboring kingdom. The Kingdom of Zhao sends 10,000 soldiers led by renowned general Xiang Yanzhong (Ahn Sung Ki) in attempt to conquer this little city-state, inhabited by only 4000. The King of Liang secures assistance from the followers of Mohism, but he never expected that they would only send the shabbily dressed Ge Le... Metrodome.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie worth watching! August 18, 2007
Format:DVD
A Battle of Wits brings to the screen the story of a warrior/tactician known for his defensive skills who takes up the task of seeing to the protection of a city faced with superior enemy forces.
It's 370 BC and China finds itself in the Warring States Period a.k.a. the Era of Warring States (5th-3rd Centuries BC). Seven major kingdoms and various smaller players are vying for control and power. The city-state of Liang is about to be overrun by the overwhelming forces of the kingdom of Zhao, who in turn are on their way to wage war on the kingdom of Yan in China's Northeast. The city's only hope lies in the arrival of a military contingent from the Mo-Tsu. However, when only man arrives morale begins to falter. The plot thickens, as things are not what they seem in 4th Century BC China...
The film combines fantasy, romance, drama, action and adventure making it one of the best of its kind!
Moreover, the fascinating culture and traditions of China are presented very well in the film.
The plot is excellent and opens a window into the mysterious Orient.
Furthermore, shot on location it provides for some amazing scenery.
Needless to say, the cast have truly outdone themselves with their performances, which are outstanding to say the least! All the actors, without exceptions, give it their 100%! Their great talent and chemistry clearly shows, thus providing an entertaining film that can be watched over and over again.
The setting, the dialogues, the music, the battle sequences, and the costumes are all wonderful!
Very well written and very well presented, it is a movie definitely worth owning, let alone watching, especially for those with a soft spot for History, and especially for Eastern/Oriental enthusiasts.
Strongly recommended along with Seven Swords, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The House of Flying Daggers, The Promise, and Hero, to those with a soft spot for all things Chinese.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An anti-war message deisguised in a film about war April 1, 2007
Format:DVD
Well paced with a good story and direction, this film on war is in reality an anti-war film. The philosiphies and principles behind what makes one decide to fight, kill and make war is discussed by the main protaganists in the movie. Cleverly the answers to the above are not served to you on a platter. Rather, you are left to make up your own mind why you need to make war.

There are no bad guys and good guys. All depends on which side of the fence you are standing on. No matter where you lean, when the time is right and when there are no other options left, even the most serene pacifist can pick up a weopen and fight.

This is a beautiful movie on a delicate and difficult subject. The costumes and pacing is not overly done such as that in The Banquet or Curse of the Golden Flower. The story is uncannily modern and believable as we are living it in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, etc. It will make you think and question the insanity that drives man to war is actually very much sane.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie worth watching! August 18, 2007
Format:DVD
A Battle of Wits brings to the screen the story of a warrior/tactician known for his defensive skills who takes up the task of seeing to the protection of a city faced with superior enemy forces.
It's 370 BC and China finds itself in the Warring States Period a.k.a. the Era of Warring States (5th-3rd Centuries BC). Seven major kingdoms and various smaller players are vying for control and power. The city-state of Liang is about to be overrun by the overwhelming forces of the kingdom of Zhao, who in turn are on their way to wage war on the kingdom of Yan in China's Northeast. The city's only hope lies in the arrival of a military contingent from the Mo-Tsu. However, when only man arrives morale begins to falter. The plot thickens, as things are not what they seem in 4th Century BC China...
The film combines fantasy, romance, drama, action and adventure making it one of the best of its kind!
Moreover, the fascinating culture and traditions of China are presented very well in the film.
The plot is excellent and opens a window into the mysterious Orient.
Furthermore, shot on location it provides for some amazing scenery.
Needless to say, the cast have truly outdone themselves with their performances, which are outstanding to say the least! All the actors, without exceptions, give it their 100%! Their great talent and chemistry clearly shows, thus providing an entertaining film that can be watched over and over again.
The setting, the dialogues, the music, the battle sequences, and the costumes are all wonderful!
Very well written and very well presented, it is a movie definitely worth owning, let alone watching, especially for those with a soft spot for History, and especially for Eastern/Oriental enthusiasts.
Strongly recommended along with Seven Swords, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The House of Flying Daggers, The Promise, and Hero, to those with a soft spot for all things Chinese.
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