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3.3 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Written and directed by master filmmaker Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine) and set during the opulent, SACRIFICE is the story of a newborn prince whose entire family, the Zhao clan, is wiped out by a rival general who ruthlessly seizes the throne. An ordinary man, the doctor who delivers the baby, gives up everything dearest to him to save the last young survivor in the bloodline of the noble Zhao, and secretly raises the child as his own. But the doctor, played impeccably by acclaimed actor Ge You, has devised his own plot for revenge and makes the cold-blooded General, Tu Angu, the boy's godfather, allowing the would-be-King to infiltrate the royal palace as a guest. When the boy becomes a man, he must choose between two fathers, while the destiny of a nation rests with his decision.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Xiaoming Huang, You Ge, Xueqi Wang
  • Directors: Kaige Chen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Indomina
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089BSO8C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,803 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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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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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 Chino on September 23, 2012
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It was a great story line.. gripping....couldve had a better ending but that y I gave it 4 stars. I would watch it again
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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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