Sacrifice 2012 NR

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(15) IMDb 6.2/10
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For generations, the Zhao family has wielded power until their mortal enemy TU'AN GU (Wang Xue Qi) slaughtered the entire Zhao clan determined to wipe out their influence forever. However, one Zhao baby survives, hidden by CHENG YING (Ge You), the doctor who delivered him.

Starring:
You Ge, Xueqi Wang
Runtime:
2 hours, 9 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Kaige Chen
Starring You Ge, Xueqi Wang
Supporting actors Fengyi Zhang, Xiaoming Huang, Bingbing Fan, Hai-Qing, Wenzhuo Zhao, Guoan Bao, Dong-xue Li, Bo Peng, Zhao Wen Hao, Jinsong Wang, William Wang
Studio Vivendi Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

A dramatic story very artfully told.
BergamotFan
This DVD started hesitating 3/4 the way through the movie; blanking out as if the recorder was attempting to jam two disk onto one disk.
Donald R. Hampton
It's just a fair movie that is sometimes a bit hard to follow but worth 90 minutes of time to see.
dennis

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By amazonka on July 29, 2012
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Very nicely made movie, extremely dramatic with not so much martial action though. It is also quite long, more than 2 hours, but given a twisted plot and dialogues, you can hardly notice the time. Overall it is a sad story, which at the end feels somewhat unfinished. Reminds me a bit Curse Of The Golden Flower
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BergamotFan on August 11, 2012
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A dramatic story very artfully told. Excellent actors. Chen Kaige did not disappoint. Action and dramatic scenes were very well balanced.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 12, 2012
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Based on the classic play ("Orphan of Zhao"), SACRIFICE is written and directed by Chen Kaige of FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE fame. It's the story of duplicitous dealings to seize power during the Yuan Dynasty in the 5th century B.C. When the Zhao clan is wiped out by Tu'an Gu (played by Wang Xue Ki), a common doctor named Cheng Ying (Ge You) rises up to take the family's last survivor - an infant prince - into his possession. However, Tu'an Gu refuses to be anyone fools, and he orders all newborns to be taken under to the palace until the baby prince is surrendered. A tragic twist of fate leaves Cheng without his wife and his own son, but he raises the prince as his own. When the boy comes of age, will he rise up and take back the reign of leadership, or will he instead bow down to Tu'an, who he now looks upon as his own godfather?

While a terrific film, SACRIFICE is not without a few creative hiccups. In fact, I found the opening fifteen minutes of the film more than a bit confusing, as - for reasons I couldn't figure - writer/director Chen employed a very choppy narrative with which to set all these players in motion. There's a bit of confusion as several sequences play out-of-order in proper chronology. On the face of it, it appears as if it was entirely a stylistic consideration, though I'm not convinced it was the wisest decision. However, once these relationships are fully established, the film (thankfully) drops into a more conventional pace - Cheng is seen raising the prince through several years - and the story makes perfect sense.

Much of the story is the stuff solid `classics' are drawn from. There's the traditional pomp and circumstance of dealing with royal clans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Noel V. on April 21, 2013
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I watched this movie and will buy it here. I have to say, this is one of the saddest revenge movies I've ever seen. It would be impossible to believe that a 15 year old boy could fight a seasoned warlord if you had just started watching the movie from that point. Maybe it's because I'm not used to seeing a baby being killed that this got to me but the whole story had me committed to seeing this till the end. I loved it and it'll go into my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tess on February 7, 2013
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A twisted story with a powerful finish, this movie couldn't do a better job of tying up loose ends and fulfilling its original promise. I thoroughly enjoyed the film right down to the ending which I found very satisfying. It's a sumptuous production, the fight scenes in the ending are understated and polished, the women are sublime, the men are confused (not confusing) and its just a great story. The ending may not be satisfying for you if you are looking for a fairy tale, they lived happily ever after finish. But it certainly gets the job done. If you liked "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" you will surely enjoy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sammichman on March 27, 2013
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Not much martial arts but a good story line more than makes up for it. The scarface characrter could have been developed a little more. The movie kept my interest the whole time.
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By Nanette Shorter on May 21, 2014
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The Samurai code of ethics revealed in many forms to save a child and heal a feud. Very fine costuming.
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By Raymond on April 13, 2013
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I would rate the movie as okay since it is not filled with equal action and drama like most asian action movies.
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