It’s official. The upcoming movie White Vengeance might actually wash away some of the bitter taste left in my mouth from the absurd history-mashing nonsense that was Red Cliff (which came with bonus bad acting!). WV is about the historically infamous Feast at Hao Gate which brought together two warring powers seeking to unite China, the Western Hegemon King Xiang Yu and the Duke of Pei Liu Bang. The official full length trailer has dropped and it looks potentially magnificent. Even Crystal Liu doesn’t annoy me, and actually has moments where I wonder if she’ll break through her vase status and actually act. If that happens I’ll be thrilled for her. I was wary when Leon Lai was cast as Liu Bang, but everything I see about his performance impresses me. I remain a tad worried Feng Shao Feng as Xiang Yu will get overshadowed by both Leon and Anthony Wong playing Xiang Yu’s consigliere. I don’t mind some historical padding and dramatic effort, as long as the movie doesn’t claim to be hewing strictly to historical text. This movie has been the surprise of the Season for me, with my expectation starting from below zero and hitting about a hundred through the course of it’s filming and promotion. The poster tagline reads: One decision determines life and death; One banquet determines the fate of the country.
Full length trailer for White Vengeance:
Xiang Yu: Liu Bang, do you want to be the hegemon?
Liu Bang: Who doesn’t want to be the hegemon? Do you think I can do it?
Zhang Liang (Liu Bang’s consigliere): Fang Zheng’s intellect and strategy is three times greater than mine. If we can get rid of Fang Zheng, we can win without even fighting.
Fang Zheng (Xiang Yu’s consigliere): Let’s pretend to invite him to a banquet, and assassinate him during the course. This is the ideal plan.
Xiang Yu to Yu Ji: Do you like me now?
Yu Ji to Liu Bang: Do you know what price you will pay to attend this banquet?
Han Shin: I, Han Shin, in using soldiers, the more the better.
Fang Zheng: Zhang Liang, must we oppose each other?
Zhang Liang: This sword thrust by you, is the most wrong move you can make.
Liu Bang: Brother, I am now the ruler of a country.
Fan Kuai: Take off your emperor’s robes! Can you do it?
Xiang Yu: You should give yourself another chance, a chance to decide anew.
Liu Bang: Xiang Yu! If you concede defeat today, I will let you return to Jiang Dong.
Xiang Yu: Liu Bang, today the gods have put us in the same room, it is destined that only one of us shall live.