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The Great Magician (Daai mo seut si) (2011)

The Great Magician (Daai mo seut si)





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A famous Chinese magician attempts to rescue his fiancée from a powerful warlord in this drama set after the fall of the Qing dynasty, and adapted from the novel by Zhang Haifan. His country divided in the wake of the Revolution, famed illusionist Zhang (Tony Leung) is troubled to discover that clever warlord Bully Lei (Ching Wan Lau) is using magic to amass a powerful army. Even worse, Bully Lei has imprisoned Zhang's former flame, and intends to make her his seventh wife. Later, when Zheng's plan to rescue his love goes awry, the two talented illusionists face off in the ultimate battle of magical might. Directed by Derek Yee (Shinjuku Incident).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Chun Tin-nam, Derek Yee, Ho Leung Lau
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 19, 2013
Emperor Motion Pictures International


Ching Wan Lau
as Bully Lei
Wu Gang
as Butler Liu
Kaiyan Yan
as Lei's wife
Paul Chun
as Liu Wan yao
Suet Lam
as Li Feng jen
Kenya Sawada
as Mitearai
Alex Fong
as Chen Kuo
Vincent Kok
as Warlord
To-hoi Kong
as Warlord
Ho Leung Lau
as Warlord
Jamie Luk
as Warlord
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Critic Reviews for The Great Magician (Daai mo seut si)

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 12, 2012
Top Critic

The Great Magician is an undeniably charming and whimsical Chinese fantasy that captures your imagination with little effort.

Full Review… | March 19, 2013

Audience Reviews for The Great Magician (Daai mo seut si)

I was really surprised when instead of a serious story I found out that this is just an ordinary love comedy about a legendary Chinese magician fighting a warlord to rescue his fiancée during the period of the Republic of China after the fall of the Qing dynasty. If you take it as such you could enjoy it, if you expected something else you could be really disappointed!

Directed by Hong Kong director Er Dongsheng (尔冬升), the film has a cast led by Liang Chaowei (梁朝伟), Liu Qingyun (刘青云) and Zhou Xun (周迅). While the first two were well suited for comedy roles, Zhou Xun's poker face did nothing to contribute to the excitement of this film adapted from a novel by Zhang Haifan (张海帆). The novel devotes a large part to traditional Chinese magic tricks and the film is showing these tricks with the help of special effects. The leading actors have received training from real magician and all become magic enthusiasts.

Professionally acted and directed but without any extra effort to make it special. Just another flick where a guy goes for the childhood sweetheart for boring cold Saturday afternoon.

Panta Oz

Super Reviewer


A clever dog is still a dog.

A revolution in China breaks out and takes down the Qing Dynasty. To prove their power over the dynasty, the revolutionaries kidnap a leader of the Qing Dynasty's daughter. The Qing Dynasty make plans to sneak back into power. Meanwhile, a strange magician arrives in the middle of these events and starts making appearances everywhere. He is angling to rescue the kidnapped girl due to a romantic history they have.

"I know these walls can't hold you. How long before you escape?"

Tung-Sing Yee, director of Full Throttle, Endless Love, Lost in Time, One Night in Mongkok, Drink-Drank-Drunk, and Triple Trap, delivers The Great Magician. The storyline for this is pretty intricate and the performers are fun and fascinating. There are some special effects that were a bit overdone but the acting and action were solid. The cast includes Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Xun Zhou, and Ching Wan Lau.

"Forget her. She's being rude as usual."

I grabbed this off Netflix because I am a fan of most Tony Chiu Wai Leung's films. This was entertaining and fun to watch unfold but I wouldn't say this is one of the favorite films of his (Infernal Affair, Hero, In the Mood for Love, etc). Overall, I would recommend seeing this but I wouldn't make this my first picture to view of Tony Chiu Wai Leung's.

Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins

light hearted, whimsical, well acted and thoroughly entertaining. This little gem coming out of china is great for a night time viewing on netflix in a sea of lesser choices on the streaming giant.

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