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Confucius (DVD/Blu-ray Combo)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2010
Format: DVD
I saw this movie on an international flight, on my way through Asia. The small screen may have diminished the beautiful cinemetography, but I found the film quite enjoyable. It follows the career of Confucius from his role as a governmental minister who tries to bring virtue into the political rule of his homeland. His political philosophies develop into a more general social philosophy that he teaches to a band of loyal followers. They persevere through alternating seasons of favor and disfavor with various rulers. Ultimately, his philosophies of virtue prove to have pragmatic value to the governing of cities and territories. Consequently, his followers become desireable as governmental advisors or rulers in positions of authority. Seeing this film brings the ideas of Confucius to life and helps develop a sense of familiarity with one of the major figures of history.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Confucious was an amazing movie, I have literally any and every great Asian movie that is up to my standards and this was a must have. I have this on blu ray from CineAsia before this release, and the picture is amazing on disc. The story of Confucoius is a long journey one of insight and suffering. However, this movie does an excellent job in detailing the life of the most famous philosopher of all time. Confucious, lived and died by his writings - This movie was amazing and I highly recommend it!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2014
Format: DVD
Many in the Western world have heard the name Confucius, and have seen, heard or read at least one of his quotes of wisdom to live by. But unless you were raised in a traditional Asian home, you probably no nothing of this wonderous man's life, how he started and eventually became one of the most profound source of wisdom, good advice and trail blazer of creating communities and a society that lived in peace and harmony (well for the most part anyways.)

Within the limitations of a feature movie (considering you are covering an entire man's life in approximately 2 hours), we learn how Confucious became the most influential person we still today learn from. How he manuevered the shark infested waters of Chinese royalty and politics.

The cinematography is stunning and gorgeous, sets are accurate to the period and beautiful to behold. Costuming and cultural customs are also accurate to the Spring and Autumn periods of Chinese history. The cast is top notch, the lead a familiar face from Bullet Proof Monk and other favorites of the genre. The directing and production value are also excellent, and the story is right on course with what we know of this man's life. There are things missing, but the main thrusts and pivitol moments are there, (you just can't cover it all in 2 hours, and a mini series would not get the proper budget, directors, producers or cast to do this justice.)

Be warned though, it is...and as it should be... in Chinese (though I can't be certain if it's Mandarin or Cantonese or yet other dialects, someone more expert than I will have to post what dialect they are speaking,) but there are subtitles both for explaining where things are taking place, who the main characters are and why they are important at each instance where they make their first screen appearance, (in both Chinese and English with a pretty font that is easy to read and looks pretty with the scenery.) But i urge you strongly, to be patient and watch and read this movie, for the affect upon the viewer is as profound as Confucius himself was on the times and society he lived in. You will be glad you did.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
This is a must for all Chinese movie fans. To see the life of The Great Teacher, was wonderful. Chow You Fat played him magnificently. I watched it with English subtitles and I was able to follow along and watch the drama, the action and the emotion that this movie brings forth. With No problem.
My only quirk with the film is that whenever they introduced a new character or location in the film, the small script on screen describing the event that was not part of the subtitles was VERY small and VERY hard to read and sometimes it went by very fast. Aside from that Everyone who wants to know more about The Great Teacher should watch this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2013
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Chow yun fat has done it again! He does a remarkable job playing the enigmatic but humble truth sayer. The entire production was well done and a pleasure to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2013
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I must say this is a touching movie, you have to put yourself in that time period to understand what it was like for them in that time but the movie was great Choy Yun Fat is the best a 10 for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2013
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
A Great movie about The Great Teacher.It is also through the teaching of Confucius' principles that is strongly intertwined into Chinese tradition and belief such as one's loyalty to family, worship of ancestry, the young must respect their elders and the family as a basis for an ideal government. I am reduced to reading subtitles. There are "double subtitles," too. Some subtitles are incorporated into the film that provide historical background, another set of subtitles provide dialogue translations at the very bottom of the screen, and, yes, they move a bit quickly and can appear simultaneously, so you might miss things the first time through. Fortunately, the film is worthy of multiple viewings, so don't worry about this too much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I am always touched by the performance of Chow Yun-Fat! This man is just fantastic. Not to mention sexy as hell! I loved the direction of the movie and how it fit what we know about Confucius in history. My daughter loved it. She was studying him in school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2014
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I just watch Confucious on this DVD. I didn't know Confucious had to endure lots of suffering to spread his philosophy. He should deserve a better life. It is a touching story. Good actors. Good research into the past. I like this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2014
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The plot is very interesting since we see so little about Confucius on our networks in the form of good movies. The acting is excellent and it is a movie I will return to and enjoy again.
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