A story of epic revenge, SACRIFICE, written and directed by Chen Kaige, focuses on a power hungry general who wipes out his rival along with his entire family, save for one newborn. The infant is protected by the doctor who delivered him and raises him as his own, hoping to mold him into his own instrument of retribution. SACRIFICE stars Ge You (FAREWELL MY CONCUMBINE) and Wang Xue Qi (FOREVER ENTHRALLED). It is based on "Orphan of Zhao" by Ji Jun-Xiang and is set during the Yuan Dynasty. It is the first Chinese play known in Europe between the 8th and 5th Century B.C., also known as the Spring and Autumn period in China's history.
- Chen Kaige
- Chen Kaige
- Ge You, Wang Xue Qi, Huang Xiaoming, Fan Bingbing, Hai Qing
Perhaps it's all that armor, or that even the estimable Mr. Wang seems exhausted by the film's dolorous themes, but it's tough to care about characters who spend most of their lives obsessing over the violent deaths of others.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 07.26.2012
An emotionally fertile exploration of paternal love and revenge.Leslie Felperin, Variety, 07.23.2012
A classical historical drama of grand passions and humanity.Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter, 07.23.2012
It charges out of the gate in Indiana Jones style, employing so many plot twists that you may need a scorecard. Then after an hour or so, it settles into an intimate, character-driven drama, before its low-key yet thought-provoking finale.David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, 07.26.2012