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The Banquet starring Ziyi Zhang comes to London cinema on April 11th
2008/03/28

In this years' CHINA NOW, British audience enjoys precious opportunities to view the most heated films in China. In March, we saw the Assembly entering the Curzon Soho; and now, in April, we will embrace another blockbuster The Banquet at Apollo West End Cinema. Please see details as below.

                                                               

FROM THE TEAM THAT BROUGHT YOU 'CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON'

STARRING ZIYI ZHANG

 

'THE BANQUET' COMES TO LONDON'S APOLLO WEST END CINEMA ON APRIL 11TH

 

About the film:

THE BANQUET  (China 2007)

Director:  Xiaogang Feng (Assembly, Big Shot's Funeral)

Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Daniel Wu

Running Time:  131 minutes

 

Loosely inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet, The Banquet is a visually spectacular and emotionally charged journey about a fight for power, and the quest for revenge.  As beautiful as she is young, and as limber as she is smart, Empress Wan (Zhang Ziyi) can launch a thousand ships with her charm and fight a hundred soldiers with her sword.  But something is lacking in her life.  Unfulfilled in her royal boudoir, she harbors forbidden desires for her stepson Prince Wu Luan (Daniel Wu), an introverted and melancholic young man four months her senior, who shies away from the palace to indulge in the ancient art of music and dance.

After the sudden death of the Emperor and the immediate succession of his devious brother Li (Ge You), a troop of soldiers are dispatched to assassinate the young Prince Wu Luan. With danger never far away, the Prince must decide whether to fight for his place as ruler or to accept his fate under Li. But as the politics of the situation threaten to erupt into ferocious combat, the motivation of all involved must be called into question - and the Prince's decision will have consequences that will reverberate throughout the entire Empire.  

Find out more about the film and view the trailer here: www.thebanquetmovie.com

'THE BANQUET' IS RELEASED AT THE APOLLO WEST END CINEMA ON APRIL 11TH.

(Book Tickets at: www.apollocinemas.co.uk, 0871 220 6000)

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