White Vengence (2011)

From left to right; Feng Shaofeng as Xiang Yu, Liu Yifei as Consort Yu, Anthony Wong as Fan Zeng, Andy On as Han Xin, Jordan Chan as Fan Kuai, Zhang Hanyu as Zhang Liang, & Leon Lai as Liu Bang

From left to right; Feng Shaofeng as Xiang Yu, Liu Yifei as Consort Yu, Anthony Wong as Fan Zeng, Andy On as Han Xin, Jordan Chan as Fan Kuai, Zhang Hanyu as Zhang Liang, & Leon Lai as Liu Bang

White Vengeance takes place between the fall of the Qin Dynasty and the founding of the Han Dynasty, 206-202 BCE.  The film centers on four men.  Two warriors Liu Bang and Xiang Yu and their advisors Zhang Liang and Fan Zeng and one consort (because you just have to throw in some romance) Consort Yu.  The move tells the tale of how Liu Bang and Xiang Yu, sworn brothers, find themselves from overthrowing the Qin Dynasty to competing for the role of Emperor.  Their strongest asset is their advisor who pit strategy, cunning, intrigue, and betrayal against each other in order to help their masters.

I have not seen this much backstabbing since the Ides of March!  This is not a casual movie.  The amount of characters involved, plots, twists, and manipulations would make even the members of the Senate cringe.  You really must pay attention to visual clues and subtext of what is being said or you may just get lost.  It’s a good thing all this intrigue is interrupted by old fashion battles and a little romance otherwise your head might implode.

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Leon Lai (God of Gamblers 3 1997, Seven Swords 2005, Bodyguards and Assassins 2009) as Liu Bang

Feng Shaofeng (Painted Skin: The Resurrection 2012, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon 2013)as Xiang Yu

Zhang Hanyu (Bodyguards and Assassins 2009, The Founding of a Republic 2009) as Zhang Liang

Anthony Wong (The Heroic Trio 1993, Black Mask 1996, A Man Called Hero 1999, Infernal Affairs 1,2, & 3) as Fan Zeng

Liu Yifei (The Forbidden Kingdom 2008, The Four 1, 2, & 3, Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 2003, Chinese Paladin 2005, The Return of the Condor Heroes 2006) as Consort Yu

Wu Ma as Grand Tutor.  He doesn’t play a huge part but I always like to point out when Wu Ma has been involved in any way.

Love HK Film Review

The Silver Spleen Review (a bit harsh but he does make a few good points)

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