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½ July 31, 2015
White Vengeance has some amazing scenes of tension and wit, but everything else is rather pedestrian. The huge battle scenes are no match for the cat and mouse game, with two former comrades vying for the throne after disposing of the Qin Emperor. Its also a bit overlong in its third act, but a nice twist at the end there. Its not something I'd recommend, but if you want an intriguingly overlong cat and mouse style movie with the occasional battle scene, then this movie is for you.
April 27, 2015
135 minutes? Really? Long dramatic pauses and superfluous B-story could have been cut. Lee is a good director, but this look at the time between the Qin and Han dynasties is dull, even with fantastic cinematography and costumes. This is primarily a historical drama about political and battle strategy. Impressive amount of extras, and great settings, probably good for fans of the boring parts of Game of Thrones.
May 10, 2014
A bit to complex with all the characters. At least for me,
February 15, 2014
The most impressive part is the contesting scene between Fan Zeng (Anthony Wong Chau-Sang) & Zhang Liang (Zhang Han-Yu).
Super Reviewer
½ November 7, 2013
Two rebellious generals unite to overthrow the emperor but a rift opens between them when deciding who should rule in his stead. Like Red Cliff, White Vengeance is a Chinese historical epic based around the battle of wits between two competing armies and their tacticians. While John Woo's film centred around the characters and their motivations, this film instead chooses ham-fisted gaming analogies to the point where the big centrepiece of the film is actually a game of speed chess set to dramatic music and swirling wobbly-cam to make it look dramatic and exciting to any viewer with the attention span of an invertebrate. That's not to say that White Vengeance is without merit; the visuals are full of the requisite high quality costume design, epically scaled battles and well orchestrated sword play. Unfortunately what punctuates it is just a lot of clumsy exposition barked between the lead characters alongside cod philosophy and confusing plotting that makes it difficult to follow who is on whose side and why for the majority of the time. Even the romance with the politely pretty and demure heroine seems like a half-hearted afterthought. There is an interesting message about how power corrupts at the very end but it's too little too late to salvage the messy, unconvincing plot leaving the whole thing with the feel of a box-ticking "state sanctioned" movie which is inferior in every way to Red Cliff.
½ June 18, 2013
Story was interesting, fighting was alright, characters were alright, acting were alright, nothing really stand out in this movie, only part history telling. Although you can pick out the fault and language used. ie the way they speak
March 3, 2013
Not really comparable to Red Cliff in the grand scheme of production, White Vengeance had a better compelling story-line and indulging characters.
December 11, 2012
Typical Chinese historical movie with a lot of intrigues. Good ending.
October 13, 2012
I had all but given up on Asian/Chinese movies. But this one surprises me. Daniel Lee hasn't wasted the all-star cast. The non-linear storyline makes it more interesting and of course nice cinematography. Anthony Wong is always great to watch but Jordan Chan's talent matures with age. Well done!
Super Reviewer
September 26, 2012
Daniel Lee's White Vengeance is a game of wits more than it is a battle to be emperor.The story is lengthy coming in at well past 2 hours; however, the film makes the most of it with much emphasis on character and plot details. There is noticeably a good amount of drama, but the pacing never seems to come to a crawl.The action never gets too elaborate and there is some small usage of CG which is nothing to brag about. There are a few segments which can be considered stylized, but all in all placing this film as action first isn't appropriate.Leon Lai and Shaofeng Feng go back and forth throughout the film, but Hanyu Zhang and Anthony Wong are the ones pulling the strings. Watching Zhang and Wong play a game of weiqi at the banquet is a definite highlight.White Vengeance does have its share of enticing moments that offset some of its drama and long run time. In return, this is a watchable piece out of China.
August 1, 2012
This movie reminds me the classics by Akira Kurosawa....it contains a big surprise at the end......though it's not truthfully based on the well-known Qin dynasty story, the action moves on smoothly and maintains the suspense quite well....see it to believe and see it to appreciate the old Chinese wisdom.....
July 5, 2012
Things never end well when you take a long epic tale and cramp it into a two-hour piece.
May 21, 2012
Love this epic historical pieces and this one is really well done! :-)
April 19, 2012
If you like your Chinese historical epics such as Red Cliff, this film is for you, but you have to keep up with the plot and the subtitles as it moves with pace at the beginning and then settles down into questioning the pursuit of power and it's consequences and actions on the way, just the right blend of narrative and action as the key players are moved around as pieces on a chessboard.
March 11, 2012
Yet another solid Chinese historical action drama.
February 28, 2012
It looks great but there is to much information to retain inbetween all the huge battles.
February 24, 2012
Would be better if shorter and more polished, but this war-movie modeled after The Battle. Of Three Kingdoms shines in some departments, despite its flaws: the geniuses battle of wits and the machiavellan backstabbing make you really fear the "yellow menace". The most incredible and bloodiest boardgame session included, put to shame diehard munchkins.
½ February 10, 2012
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