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The Great Magician [Blu-ray]

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

Engaging, star-driven entertainment --Film Business Asia

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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ATXIL54
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,841 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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From director Tung-Shing Yee (a.k.a. Derek Yee, "Shinjuku Incident", "Protege", "One Nite in Mongkok") comes a Hong Kong action fantasy film starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai ("Hero", "2046″, "Infernal Affairs", "In the Mood for Love"), Lau Ching-wa ("Mad Detective", "Black Mask", "Running Out of Time") and Zhou Xun ("Painted Skin: The Resurrection", "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate", "Cloud Atlas", "Suzhou River").

The film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment in March 2013.

VIDEO:

"The Great Magician" is presented in 1080p High Definition. The film is presented in 16:9 widescreen and picture quality is very good. From close-up details and seeing the textures on the clothing, visual effects such as flames/fires and computer generated smoke look good especially outdoor scenes in which colors are vibrant. Skin tones look natural and black levels are nice and deep. Overall, picture quality is very good!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

"The Great Magician" is presented in Mandarin (Original) and English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio and Mandarin and English 2.0. Both Mandarin and English lossless tracks feature good surround sound activity. Live shows inside the theater during a magic performance utilizes audience clapping through the surround channels, fireworks come alive through the surround channels as well as ambiance. Also, music is utilized through the surround channels. Dialogue is crystal clear as with the musical score by Leon Ko.

But a action fantasy film that with plenty of surround activity, especially during the action scenes towards the end of the film.

Subtitles are in English.
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I wasn't sure about this film, being one that is spoken in Chinese or Japanese. I'm not able to speak the language, but once I got past the subtitles and reading them fast, this movie turned out to be a really fun movie to watch.

It started out looking to be a standard type of film, but as it progressed and I was able to follow the story line, the funnier it got.

By the end of the movie, I was laughing out loud. The "magic" in this film is really great and realistic.

A very well done film and I plan to watch it again. It is really well done.
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This was a very, very enjoyable movie and not typical of what I have found in chinese movies. This movie has comedy,intrigue, unique plot twists, and interesting magic tricks. I don't want to say too much without being fearful of giving plot twists away, but I will say if you are a fan of the genre, I would recommend this movie as it is unlike anything I have seen before in the genre and I feel it is unique. If you are looking for a movie that isn't hard to follow, but has several plot twists and has some light comedy, pick this one up.
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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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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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