Average Rating: 4.5/10
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Release Date: Jan 28, 2010 Wide
Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 418
From the producer of Red Cliff and Warlords and shot in the same lavish style, Confucius stars superstar Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as the legendary hero of the title: a man who lead the kingdom of Lu in battle against its warmongering neighbour, Qi. ~ Rovi
Jan 28, 2010 Wide
Oct 4, 2010
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The narrative feels unfocused at times and the pace is changeable, but give it a chance and the presence of Chow Yun-Fat, at least, will win you over.
Chow Yun-fat plays the philosopher with dignified aplomb; otherwise, we rely on action as much as words, and never learn enough about the man.
This ambitious biopic feels chopped down from something much longer, as it leaps through the story without giving us much to engage with.
it celebrates the ethics of what would later become known as Confucianism, but also stages the mismatch between high ideals and realpolitik - as though to say that there was no place in China for China's greatest thinker.
For its faults and excesses, Confucius may be the trickle that turns into a flood. Western audiences will learn to love it. They will have little choice.
The ancient Chinese philosopher, he say Chow Yun-Fat no good at playing him, no good at all, in this painfully dreary epic biopic.
Its constant bowing and scraping set my teeth on edge. Confucius loves Confucius -- endlessly and unconditionally -- and flatly demands that we do too.
"If the world will come to know me at all, it'll be because of this book," says Confucius (aka Kong Qiu or Zhong Ni) of his life's work, The Analects Of Confucius. Best not bother with the movie, then.
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