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Product Details

  • 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: #49,055 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

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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Making THE MAGIC
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Director Commentary

English Dub
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Review

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

Engaging, star-driven entertainment --Film Business Asia

Customer Reviews

Relax and enjoy.
JNagarya
You will have to read, but at a point, you are enjoying the film and forget that your even reading along.
nannyjane
Great imagery and an imaginative story line make this a fun movie to watch.
Aaron Pruitt

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Merritt on 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.

Puzzling.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Uwe on July 24, 2013
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 By Dee J. on February 18, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on June 13, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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.
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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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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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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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By nannyjane on June 4, 2013
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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. You will have to read, but at a point, you are enjoying the film and forget that your even reading along.
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Format: Blu-ray
Bought this movie at Target after reading the general opinions on Amazon. But having felt a little let down by overwhelming critics from Amazon in the past still wondered if I wasted my money. After watching the movie felt more entertained than expected and the story line was quite good.
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