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Wu Yen DVD

Mandarin and/or Cantonese Multilingual DVDs

Hong Kong Movie

Comedy

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Wu Yen (2001)

鍾無艷

Director: Johnnie To, Wai Ka Fai

Starring: Sammi Cheng, Anita Mui, Cecilia Cheung

An enjoyable comedic farce that tells the tale of a complex love triangle between a female warrior (Zhong Wu Yen), the Emperor Qi, and a spirit ghost who is in love with both of them.

During a hunting expedition, the emperor Qi and encounters a gifted female warrior. The two accidentally release a fairy spirit. The mischievous fairy wants to court both the Emperor and the warrior and begins to cause much trouble for the pair.

A comedic farce based upon a legendary Chinese fable it features three of Hong Kong's leading female performers in the key roles.

Sammi Cheng stars as the films main character Cheung Mo Yim. A gifted female warrior who is destined to marry the emperor and bring prosperity to the dynasty. Cecelia Cheung plays the fairy spirit that comes between the destined couple. The nature of her role has her playing both masculine and feminine roles. Anita Mui has the largest role as both the Emperor Qi and his descendant Emperor Huang.

Arguably, Anita Mui is the real star of this film. She is given the most material of the film and comes across with some of the best laughs. Her performance as two male characters in the film is only underscored when she later (as a man) dons a dress to portray a woman. Sammi and Cecelia also give notable performances and the three woman work quite well on screen together.

The content of the film plays very much like a live cartoon, with sound effects and visuals to match. It also features some traditional shadow puppet narration and narrative music sung by Sammi. This creates some beautiful storytelling and in today's industry where everything of late seems to be rendered by computer effects, it is nice to see a film that returns to a bit of tradition.

DVD: List Price: US $19.95

Sale Price: US$10.95

Language: Cantonese / Mandarin

Subtitle: English / Chinese

All Regions (Can be played on any DVD player in the world)

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Rating: IIA - "Some Content May Be Inappropriate For Children" (roughly equal to an MPPA rating of "PG-13") Films rated Category IIA may contain mild violence such as martial arts, mild nudity that is not sexually oriented, mild explicit language and some mild adult situations.


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