Da Mo Shu Shi

Da Mo Shu Shi

The Great Magician

DVD - 2012
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In the early 1920's, on the streets of Beijing, the nation's most talented performers have gathered to show off their most spectacular skills. The challenge is set: a handsome prize to whomever can reproduce a magic trick called the Eight Immortals' Treat. Zhang Xian (Tony Leung) appears amidst the waiting crowd and decides to give it a try.
Publisher: [China] : Unlimited Production Limited, 2012
Branch Call Number: DVD GREA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca.129 min.) : sd., col., 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Great magician [dvd]

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jimg2000
Aug 06, 2016

Traditional marriage was arranged by parent. Many couples have grown old together!
- It's wrong. The man usually gets to choose... Instead of the woman. It's so unfair. No, no...Many women wait until their husband's death in order to resume their freedom.
Really?
-Yes! That's arranged marriage doesn't entail happiness, right? But "free love" also has its downside. Too much freedom. You may love the wrong person. Right! Just like you! You chose your fiancé. Was it the right choice? He still ran away. One thing is for certain. If one side is unwilling it won't end well. In fact... Even if both sides are willing, it may not end well!
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Love can spring from sympathy, gratitude, companionship... but nothing can compare to the eternal power of a first love.
-What is love then?
Love is tricky. It can't be calculated like arithmetic nor quantified like physics. It's mystical. There is love borne out of fantasy but unrealistic ... some borne out of desire but unattainable.

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jimg2000
Aug 06, 2016

We've 5,000 more soldiers to feed. Just food alone will cost a lot. Where do I find money to buy guns?
-General, make up your mind now. All the warlords are fighting. If we don't gather enough forces...We'll be overrun soon
I never cared about money. But now I can't do anything without it.
-Let's ask those merchants for more.
I've celebrated my lunar, solar birthdays and my wedding anniversaries with my wives. What can I use this time?
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Yin, I've come to ask you. What is this thing... "free love"?
-You took all your women by force, forget it.
Don't believe the rumors. My first wife was arranged marriage. Wives 2 to 6 offered themselves to me!
-You'd to take them all?
It'd have been rude to say no.
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... if only you would look at me the same way...I'd be satisfied for life.
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I don't think "true love" exist in this world.
-Have you ever seen the wind? You've never seen it yet it exists.

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Aug 06, 2016

An entertaining action romantic comedy during the chaotic times after the fall of the Manchu dynasty, adapted from best seller "大魔術師 -The great magician 2012" by 張海帆. See an objective review in Summary. Here is an excerpt from wiki:
In the years after the Revolution in which the Qing Dynasty in China is overthrown and the Republic is established, China is broken up into fiefdoms held by warlords, who are busy fighting each other. A Butler, Liu Kunshan (Wu Gang), uses magic to scare convicts into joining the army of warlord Lei Bully (Lau Ching-wan). Lei Bully has 6 wives and also imprisons a girl, Liu Yin (Zhou Xun), and wants her to be his seventh wife willingly. A group of local revolutionaries want to kidnap Lei and bring back the republic. They team up with a magician, Chang Hsien (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), to entice Lei to a magic show and kidnap him during the show ...

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Aug 06, 2016

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/great-magician-filmart-review-302829

Excerpt: Derek Yee’s “The Great Magician” is the kind of colorful, polished amusement that could find an audience in urban markets around the globe.

It was really only a matter of time before good old-fashioned magic—rabbits, hats, abracadabra and all that—made an appearance in Asia, where the magical and mystical have been cinema standards for decades. To that end comes director Derek Yee’s The Great Magician, a step away from the director’s preferred urban action fare. Magician is the kind of colorful, polished amusement that could find an audience in urban markets around the globe. Respectable if not blockbuster box office is possible in Asia where recognizable stars and novel a subject could carry the day.

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