You might also like

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

The Banquet Photos

Movie Info

A Chinese empress (Ziyi Zhang) hatches plans of her own when her murderous husband (Ge You) banishes her stepbrother (Daniel Wu), whom she desires.

Cast & Crew

Ziyi Zhang
Empress Wan
Ge You
Emperor Li
Daniel Wu
Prince Wu Luan
Ma Jingwu
Minister Yin Taichang
Huang Xiaoming
General Yin Sun
Sheng Heyu
Screenwriter
Qiu Gangjian
Screenwriter
Tim Yip
Production Design
Tim Yip
Costume Designer
Show all Cast & Crew

News & Interviews for The Banquet

Critic Reviews for The Banquet

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (7)

Audience Reviews for The Banquet

  • Jun 11, 2009
    Xiaogang Feng creates a loose adaptation of William Shakespeare's <i>Hamlet</i> known as <i>The Banquet</i>.<p>The story involves deceit, betrayal, and all the other good stuff in the royal court. It does have a play-like feel to it with a run time of 2 hours and 10 minutes and a pace that is quite slow. Yes, the film does drag at times, however the cinematography, costuming, settings, and acting save this film from total boredom. Besides, the final 30 minutes, which is the banquet scene, is highly intriguing. Hence, <i>The Banquet</i>.</p><p>The action is minimal, and like mostly everything else in this film, very dramatic. Most of the shots are in slow motion and the orchestra type music tones down the bloody encounters. One of the sequences is more of a dance than a fight too. The martial arts choreography is there and it is a shame that a good portion of it isn't seen in real time speed.</p><p>The acting is good, albeit seemingly unemotional at times. Zhang Ziyi keeps the viewer at bay as she keeps switching sides with her actions. Daniel Wu, Zhou Xun, and Ge You round out the rest of the major cast.</p><p><i>The Banquet</i> is not the most entertaining of films, as it is mostly for people that enjoy theatrical arts. It is worth a check out if time allows.
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2009
    What a dramatic story! Very beautiful and choreographed movie. I loved the action sequences and stunning scenery. A love story with a tragic ending, it will captivate you. :) Awesome movie.
    Donna D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2008
    If you enjoyed movies like:"Curse of the Golden Flower", "Crouching Tiger : Hidden Dragon", you will be ready for this tale based upon the Japanese version of a Shakespearean type of tale. See this for the cinematography as well as the choreography, both were surreal!
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2008
    No kung-fu fighting this time from Ziyi Zhang. But theirs still plenty of action and some beautiful cinematography.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer

Ye yan (Legend of the Black Scorpion) (The Banquet) Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Movie & TV guides