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The Great Magician [Blu-ray] (2011)

Tony Leung Chiu Wai , Ching Wan Lau , Tung-Shing Yee  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ching Wan Lau, Xun Zhou
  • Directors: Tung-Shing Yee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: Chinese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ATXIL54
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,833 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A near-perfect mix of drama, comedy, action, romance and magic --Twitch

Engaging, star-driven entertainment --Film Business Asia

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In the early 1920 s, on the streets of Beijing, the nation s most talented performers have gathered to show off their most spectacular skills. The challenge is set: a handsome prize to whomever can reproduce a magic trick called the Eight Immortals Treat. Zhang Xian (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) appears amidst the waiting crowd and decides to give it a try. So begins a legend of pure magic. Adapted from the Zhang Haifan novel, led by award-winning director Derek Yee (ONE NITE IN MONGKOK, SHINJUKU INCIDENT) and starring the three most powerful stars in Chinese cinema Tony Leung Chiu-wai (HERO, RED CLIFF), Lau Ching-wan (MAD DETECTIVE) and Zhou Xun (CLOUD ATLAS), THE GREAT MAGICIAN is an endearing spectacle of high-spirited action and fantasy.


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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! July 12, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I thought this movie was fantastic. Great story, plot twists, ect.

One problem. The description for it, both on amazon and netflix, having nothing to do with the actual film. There is no "eight immortals" mentioned in the movie at all. Ever.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Feast for Tony Leung Fans July 24, 2013
By Uwe
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Since I saw several movies of Wong Kar Wai with Tony Leung years ago, I am a great admirer of this great Actor. So I also like movies that have some weaknesses. The plot of this film suffers from some silliness.

The performance of Tony Leung Chiu Wai is beyond any doubt. Overall I like the movie very much.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible magic and action! February 18, 2013
By Dee J.
I had heard good things about "The Great Magician," and was suitably impressed by the magic (no, it's not all CGI!), story and action in the wonderful film. Other than a few bad words, I would recommend this for kids, but let's leave it at teen audiences and above. Tony Leung gives an admirable performance and the other actors are first rate, too! It was interesting to learn how some of the illusions are performed, but I'm betting other magicians won't like the tricks of the trade being exposed!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I've always liked magic. As a kid, I even gave it a go, but I was never the showman I hoped I'd be. Magicians have to be consummate entertainers willing to put themselves out there knowing all the while that the sleight of hand relies entirely on them - no amount of fancy glitter or smoke can salvage a trick gone bad. In their own humble way, films are perhaps the most complete magic act out there - they require an audience to suspend their disbelief long enough to be swept up by the play of light cleverly situated between all of the pieces of the magical puzzle. When it's done right, it quickly becomes the kind of thing you want to share with friends and family. When it's done wrong, it's something you moan and groan at until the credits roll.

THE GREAT MAGICIAN is far from `great,' but it's good enough entertainment for a lazy afternoon or, better, a quiet evening in with the kids.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and character. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

Zhang Xian (played by the likeable Tony Leung) is more than just a magician hoping to throw a few abracadabras into a crowd. Walking out of a crowd on a busy street, he bests the local magic act, all with the secret purpose of securing a local venue. What is his true secret?
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Set in the early 20th century of China, years after the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty and the Revolution in 1911, "The Great Magician" revolves around Tony Leung Chiu Wai's renowned illusionist Chang Hsien arriving in a town where a powerful warlord Lei Bully (Lau Ching-wan) rules. While Lei Bully tries to win the heart of his "seventh wife" Liu Yin (Zhou Xun), the magician seems interested in the same girl imprisoned by the warlord.

This is an entertainment-oriented movie from Tung-Shing Yee (Derek Yee), director of such intense crime dramas as "One Nite in Mongkok" and "Shinjuku Incident." "The Great Magician" is a light-hearted fantasy action movie - at least that is what it strives to be - but the overlong film (the running time exceeding two hours) simply needs a better story.
The best part of the film is the stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Lau Ching-wan and Zhou Xun. The characters they play are not exactly convincing, but their superb performances almost succeed in making them look credible, together with the great production values.

However, there are so many characters that pop up and disappear unceremoniously, as well as so many intrigues going on involving the Qing Dynasty supporters, Japanese military officers and Chinese revolutionaries. There are also subplots about the secret of magic spell.

So what the film is all about? It is a love story, I think, but the love story is suddenly replaced by something else in the final chapter. Perhaps the idea of a great magician as a hero of a special effects-ridden action is to be blamed. So where is the magic? "The Great Magician" is fairly amusing action that is curiously unexciting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Original January 28, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
The movie itself is a feat of magic. It is very well acted and has an original plot. I don't want to spoil it anymore than that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining on Several Levels October 8, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Tony Leung plays a charismatic stage magician that has troubles abroad to perfect his craft. He blends traditional Chinese magic acts with Western tricks as well. The performances are a highlight of the movie. The other two subplots involving the love story between Tony Lueng and Chiu Wai are intersting and add an elements of a romantic comedy. While the overall threat of the Japanese Invasion/Rebirth of the Manchu Dynasty is intriguing giving the WWI era feel to the movie. It definitely keeps you entertained and involved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
This is a pretty good movie to watch. Its a bit like The Prestige & The Illusionist mixed asian style. The cast is great. The scenery is fantastic. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kerry Ryan Maloney
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done movie
Great special effects for the magic tricks and pulling back the veil on how some of it is done, interesting story line, decent suspense, refreshingly deep characters.
Published 13 months ago by Mokster
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie about Magicians!
Didn't think I could like a Asian movie without Kung Fu fighting, but I absolutely loved it! Love the ending.
Published 14 months ago by Nichols
4.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously witty and entertaining
Loved the nuances in the film between the two male leads and their female interest. Great imagery and an imaginative story line make this a fun movie to watch. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Aaron Pruitt
2.0 out of 5 stars No Good
It was not worth the time nor money.
I would like to return it and ger money back!
I would say it was something a child or teenager might enjoy.
Published 15 months ago by william williams
4.0 out of 5 stars just for fun
Just for fun. A delightful, light hearted movie. The actors were very good and perfect for this type of movie. Please remember, this is a Chinese movie, not an American one. Read more
Published 15 months ago by nannyjane
4.0 out of 5 stars heady
intelligent depiction of an era in china we are not allowed to see
though many of these movies are overpriced
Published 15 months ago by Danny L. Abernathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliriously Fun
Others have written more extensive & knowledgeable reviews, but I just wanted to add my two cents' worth. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robin Boone
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