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The Last Supper

The Last Supper

Original Title: Wáng Dè Shèng Yàn
Director: Lu Chuan
China | Mandarin
2012 | 120min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: DCP
15+
An epic tale of a feud between warlords,The Last Supperfollows two friends, Liu Bang and Xiang Yu, who turn foes in their quest for power in China’s third century BC. A gripping account of the fall of the Qin and the emergence of the Han Dynasty, the film confirms that Lu Chuan’s third feature City of Life and Death(2009) was not merely a matter of high production value.

Both films are the outcome of an innovative and stylistically strong talent with the capacity to elevate predictable historical big-budget filmmaking to arresting and lasting drama. Creating imagery both mythical and mesmerizing, Lu Chuan uses the poetics of cinema to not only create a fascinating historical tale but also to illuminate the interpretational distances between objective historical data, revisionist adaptations of those records and a more profound truth. Based on the historical event know as the Banquet of Hongmen, where one general attempted to destroy his ruling rival in order to become the new leader himself,The Last Supperworks equally on historical, emotional and political levels.

Not unlike Shakespeare, the director masters universal themes such as lust for power, manipulation, loyalty, idealism and fate to the extent that abstract political notions become flesh and blood and vice versa. In this light his reconstruction of a historical turn of events can also be read as contemporary political alertness disguised in a masterfully crafted allegorical art form. Art, social awareness and entertainment blend organically when Lu Chuan, with brushstrokes that are expressionist, yet determined and spectacular, paints a high-stakes power play in which revolution becomes tyranny.

– Miryam van Lier

Director,  Lu Chuan

Director,  Lu Chuan

Lu Chuan was born in Xinjiang, China. He graduated from the Beijing Film Academy and then worked as a television screenwriter. His film City of Life and Death (2009) won great critical acclaim and a number of awards, including Best Director at the Asian Film Awards and Best Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival. His other films include The Missing Gun (2002) and Kekexili: Mountain Patrol (2004).

Cast and Crew

Director
Lu Chuan
Cast
Siyan Huo, Cuckoo He, Zeru Tao, Qi Li, Dao Qi, Yulai Lv, Bojie Hao, Ye Liu, Daniel Wu, Chen Chang, Lan Qin, Yi Sha, Yuan Nie
Production Company
Beijing Chuanfilms, Stellar Megamedia Group
Music
Tong Liu
Producer
Albert Yeung, Alan Zhang, Teng-Kuei Yang, Xiaowen Zhao, Guoqin Gu, Lu Chuan, Wen Xin
Executive Producer
Hong Qin
Screenwriter
Lu Chuan
Editor
Yijia Liu
Cinematographer
Li Zhang, Ma Cheng
Sound
Bo Wen
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