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A filmed version of one of the great Chinese folklore tales - on par with "Gone with the Wind" - this rare silent film is presented for the first time ever on any home video format and restored from the only known existing 35mm print.

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  • Actors: Cijiang Ge, Chichang Hu, Cho-cho Lam, Dandan Li, Yaoting Zhu
  • Directors: Hou Yao, Minwei Li
  • Writers: Hou Yao, Shipu Wang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Silent, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Epoch
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LW7KZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,025 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Romance of the Western Chamber" on IMDb

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Underwood on June 14, 2007
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Not only is this DVD one of the few Chinese silent films available to us today, but this film also sheds light onto China's rich cultural past because it is based on a famous play from the Yaun Dynasty, which is the 13th to 14th century of our calendar. Perhaps something like Shakespeare's plays are to us, so this story is an important part of the Chinese heritage, but even without any knowledge of China's history "Romance of the Western Chamber" can still be enjoyed for its various good aspects. No doubt considerable effort was put into re-creating costumes of the Yuan Dynasty, as well as the martial arts and battle scenes featured in the story. But overall this is a nice, old-fashioned love story of a young scholar preparing for an exam at a temple complex where he meets the pretty daughter of the Prime Minister. As a poor student it seems he hardly has a chance, but when the temple is under siege by bandits and the reward for saving the inhabitants is the daughter's hand in marriage, he comes up with a plan to save the day. Being only 45 minutes in length, the story moves along quite briskly, although somewhat disconnected at times, perhaps due to missing scenes or rough editing. In fact, the overall quality of this film is not like most western films made in the same year, 1927, which featured more sophistication and smoother editing, and is more like films made some ten years earlier in the US and Europe. Nevertheless, this film still has a certain style and charm, and the leading actors give quite good and charismatic performances. The picture quality is often a bit too light and not as clear as it could be, but is still reasonably good, while the accompanying music is also reasonably suitable.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Stevens on September 18, 2008
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The romance of the west chamber is a classic movie from China's post war period. Among the silent movies it is one of the most fascinating displays of round characters specific to the tradition of Chinese acting methods. Suitable for silent movies as it is brilliant in kinetic display, beautifully remastered on DVD. What makes the movie even more interesting is the fact that the story itself dates back to the Yuan dynasty from the 13th century. The specific choice of this theme by the maker, brings an extra element into the historical context of the production of this movie. A jewel for everyone who loves early silent movies and their social implications.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helmut V. Bakaitis on March 8, 2015
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This has never appeared at my place. I'd completely forgotten about it, then noticed that I'd actually paid for it last year ... and I have never sighted it.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zhao Qin on April 2, 2007
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A DVD version of this film is first Published of the china "qiaojiaoren" DVD company in 2006.They are two versions of the same poor .Let me disappointed .
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