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  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon - 15th  Anniversary (2-disc 4K UHD Blu-ray) [2001] Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon - 15th Anniversary (2-disc 4K UHD Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (31/10/2016) from £14.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (33.30%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is so many things: a historical epic on a grand scale, an Asian martial-arts flick with both great effects and fantastic fighting (choreographed by The Matrix's guru Yuen Woo Ping) and a story of magic, revenge and power played with a posse of star-crossed lovers thrown in for good measure. Set during the Qing dynasty (the late 19th century), the film follows the fortunes of righteous warriors Li Mu Bai and Yu Shu Lien (Asian superstars Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh, respectively) whose love for one another has lain too long unspoken. When Li Mu Bai's legendary sword Green Destiny is stolen by wilful aristocrat's daughter Jen (exquisite newcomer Zhang Ziyi), who has been trained in the way of the gangster by Li Mu Bai's arch-rival Jade Fox, the warriors must fight to recover the mystical blade. The plot takes us all across China from dens of iniquity and sumptuous palaces to the stark plains of the Western desert. Characters chase each other up walls and across roof and treetops to breathtaking effect and to Tan Dun's haunting, Oscar-winning East-West inflected score.Directed by Taiwanese-born Ang Lee and cowritten by his long time collaborator American James Schamus, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon joins the ranks of the team's slate of high-quality, genre-spanning literary adaptations. Although it superficially seems like a return to Ang's Asian roots, there's a clear thread connecting this with their earlier Western films, given the thematic focus on propriety and family honour (Sense and Sensibility), repressed emotions (The Ice Storm) and divided loyalties in a time of war (Ride with the Devil). Nonetheless, a film this good needs no prior acquaintance with the director's oeuvre; it stands on its own. The only people who might be dismissive of it are jaded chop-socky fans who will probably feel bored with all the romance. Everyone else will love it. --Leslie Felperin

  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon [Blu-ray] [2000] Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon | Blu Ray | (06/07/2009) from £7.71  |  Saving you £2.00 (20.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Amazing martial arts fighting sequences (choreographed by Yuen wo Ping - The Matrix) stunning special effects action adventure and romance have made Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon the most talked about movie of the year. Martial arts masters Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) and Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) battle against evil forces to recover their stolen sword the legendary Green Destiny. Winner of two Golden Globes four BAFTAs and four Academy Awards.

  • Princess Raccoon [2005] Princess Raccoon | DVD | (25/09/2006) from £8.65  |  Saving you £11.34 (56.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Chinese superstar Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs Of A Geisha) stars in the latest film from master film maker Seijun Suzuki; a magical musical adaptation of a well known Japanese folktale. Ziyi stars as Tanuki-hime a raccoon spirit princess who falls in love with Amechiyo (Jo Odagiri) a human prince banished from his father's kingdom. With numbers ranging in style from Kabuki to operetta to rock 'n' roll and designs to set the imagination on fire Suzuki's dream project is one of the year's most vibrant entertainments. An extravaganza of sight sound music and romance that will amaze the senses and delight the heart.

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon [Blu-ray] [2001] [Region Free] Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon | Blu Ray | (31/10/2016) from £10.48  |  Saving you £7.51 (41.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is so many things: an historical epic on a grand scale, an Asian martial-arts flick with both great effects and fantastic fighting (choreographed by The Matrix's guru Yuen Wo Ping), a story of magic, revenge and power played with a posse of star-crossed lovers thrown in for good measure. Set during the Qing dynasty (the late 19th century), the film follows the fortunes of righteous warriors Li Mu Bai and Yu Shu Lien (Asian superstars Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh, respectively) whose love for one another has lain too long unspoken. When Li Mu Bai's legendary sword Green Destiny is stolen by wilful aristocrat's daughter Jen (exquisite newcomer Zhang Ziyi), who has been trained in the way of the gangster by Li Mu Bai's arch-rival Jade Fox, the warriors must fight to recover the mystical blade. The plot takes us all across China, from dens of iniquity and sumptuous palaces to the stark plains of the Western desert. Characters chase each other up walls and across roof and treetops to breathtaking effect, and Tan Dun's haunting, Oscar-winning East-West inflected score. Directed by Taiwanese-born Ang Lee and co-written by his longtime collaborator American James Schamus, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon joins the ranks of the team's slate of high-quality, genre-spanning literary adaptations. Although it superficially seems like a return to Ang's Asian roots, there's a clear throughline connecting this with their earlier, Western films given the thematic focus on propriety and family honour (Sense and Sensibility), repressed emotions (The Ice Storm) and divided loyalties in a time of war (Ride with the Devil). Nonetheless, a film this good needs no prior acquaintance with the director's oeuvre; it stands on its own. The only people who might be dismissive of it are jaded chop-socky fans who will probably feel bored with all the romance. Everyone else will love it. --Leslie Felperin On the DVD: As might be expected this superb anamorphic widescreen version of the original 2.35:1 theatrical ratio presents Peter Pau's spellbinding cinematography in its full glory; the same goes for the Dolby 5.1 audio track that showcases Tan Dun's haunting score. Annoyingly, however, the default language option is the dubbed English soundtrack, which means you have to select the original Mandarin version before playing. The extra features are good but not exceptional, with an obligatory "making-of" documentary and commentary from Ang Lee and James Schamus being the best options: the director and producer/cowriter chat amiably and in some detail about their martial arts version of Sense and Sensibility. But it's the breathtaking delight of the seeing the movie in such quality that really counts, and this disc does not disappoint. --Mark Walker

  • The Warrior [2002] The Warrior | DVD | (27/10/2003) from £10.84  |  Saving you £9.15 (45.80%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The images of Asif Kapadia's first feature film, The Warrior, sear themselves in the mind: the warrior practising with his sword in front of a half-alive tree, or a close-up of a scorpion scuttling across the desert as a camel cart goes by. Restrained beauty pervades the film in the choice of locations, costumes and the framing of each shot, but those unaccustomed to art cinema will feel the absence of story in this visual, mystical odyssey which uses few words, as looks and images carry the film. Irfan Khan brings a quiet, powerful presence of haunting intensity to the role an Indian "samurai", seemingly a homage to Kurosawa. The warrior has an epiphany after a bloodthirsty encounter that leads him to abandon his life in the desert and head for the pure snows of the Himalayas. This film (that repays repeat viewing and introduces major new talent) is likely to become a landmark. On the DVD: The Warrior's picture quality on disc does justice to the film and the extras are rewarding. The young director is sincere and reflective, as shown in his scene-by-scene commentary and on the deleted material, the latter lasting over an hour. The making of documentary is absorbing. --Rachel Dwyer

  • The Warrior [2001] The Warrior | DVD | (25/09/2006) from £3.99  |  Saving you £4.40 (44.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    In 14th century China shortly after the Ming Dynasty seized power a Ming envoy to Korea was murdered leading to soured relations between the two countries. In efforts to mend ties Korea sent numerous envoys to China: one such group are arrested and sent into exile. Off in the wilderness they manage to rescue a Ming princess and hope that if they can return her to the Ming safely their honour and good relations between the two countries will be restored... Five years of planning and pre-production and a dedicated production staff of over 300 men and women The Warrior is possibly the biggest motion-picture event in Korean Cinema history. Featuring leading-roles for current `it girl' Zhang Ziyi and Iron Monkey's Yu Rong-kwong The Warrior is a compelling and often evocative tale of courage love and sacrifice.

  • Hero [Blu-ray] [2002] Hero | Blu Ray | (14/09/2009) from £10.98  |  Saving you £13.01 (54.20%)  |  RRP £23.99

    One man will challenge an empire... In pre-Imperial China feared warrior Nameless (Jet Li) is granted an audience with the ruler of the most powerful of the seven warring kingdoms (Chen Daoming). Posing as a minor official Nameless sets about his mission of revenge by relating the tale of how he defeated the three most fearsome of the ruler's adversaries. However nothing is as it seems and Nameless is placed in great personal peril as the king suggests a very different version of events which brought him to the palace... Filled with breathtaking wirework-enhanced martial arts sequences from action choreographer Ching Siu-Tung ('New Dragon Gate Inn' 'A Chinese Ghost Story') truly sumptuous cinematography from the legendary Christopher Doyle ('In The Mood For Love') and an expressive traditional score from Tan Dun ('Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon') Zhang Yimou's elegant epic features an intriguing 'Rashomon' style flashback structure that will keep the audience guessing until the very end. The most expensive movie ever made in China and a blockbuster upon its' theatrical release in the U.S. 'Hero' showcases the outstanding talents ofa multi-award winning cast including the pairing of Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung as star crossed lovers the coquettish Zhang Ziyi ('Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon') as a feisty apprentice venerated Chen Daoming lending gravitas as the Emperor-in-waiting and real-life martial arts masters Donnie Yen and Jet Li who co-designed perhaps the greatest duel ever committed to celluloid. Nominated for both an Oscar and a BAFTA 'Hero' is an exceptional example of Asian cinema and really is one of the best looking films ever made. - The Guardian.

  • Hero [DVD] [2002] Hero | DVD | (24/08/2009) from £1.98  |  Saving you £-3.90 (-21.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Director Zhang Yimou brings the sumptuous visual style of his previous films (Raise the Red Lantern, Shanghai Triad) to the high-kicking kung fu genre. A nameless warrior (Jet Li, Romeo Must Die, Once Upon a Time in China) arrives at an emperor's palace with three weapons, each belonging to a famous assassin who had sworn to kill the emperor. As the nameless man spins out his story--and the emperor presents his own interpretation of what might really have happened--each episode is drenched in red, blue, white or another dominant color. Hero combines sweeping cinematography and superb performances from the cream of the Hong Kong cinema (Maggie Cheung, Irma Vep, Comrades: Almost a Love Story; Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, In the Mood for Love, Hard Boiled; and Zhang Ziyi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). The result is stunning, a dazzling action movie with an emotional richness that deepens with every step. --Bret Fetzer

  • Banquet Banquet | DVD | (02/06/2008) from £5.74  |  Saving you £12.25 (68.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The Period of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (A.D. 907-60) is a time of royal instability in the north and warring states in the south of China. A new Emperor has usurped the throne through murder; the widowed Empress Zhang Ziyi marries the new Emperor (You Ge) to protect herself but also secretly plots his death with the help of the Crown Prince (Daniel Wu) and the Chief Minister (Ma Jingwu). Yet the Prince and Minister each have their own plans for the throne and of course so does the Emperor. All these intrigues are brought to a climax when the Emperor calls for a lavish banquet where the murderous plans are set in motion... The Banquet has been described as a loose adaptation of ""Hamlet""; a lavish tale of fate and revenge in 10th century China featuring a luminous Zhang Ziyi coming of age in her finest performance to date!

  • Warrior, The / Bichunmoo Warrior, The / Bichunmoo | DVD | (07/02/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £29.99

    A superb four disc digipack package with more than 14 hours of entertainment! The Warrior Box Set features two of Asia's most successful films - Bichunmoo and The Warrior. Together they make The Warrior Box Set a stunning mix of evocative action sweeping epic sequences and unforgettable dramatic content. Bichunmoo At the end of the Yuan Dynasty when Mongolia was ruling all of the Chinese continent the Mongolians the Hans and the Koryo (ancient Korean) migrants were going

  • House Of Flying Daggers  (Special Edition)  [2004] House Of Flying Daggers (Special Edition) | DVD | (08/02/2006) from £3.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    It is 859AD; the Tang Dynasty at its height one of the most enlightened empires in Chinese history is in decline. The Emperor is incompetent and the government is corrupt. Unrest is spreading throughout the land and many rebel armies are forming in protest. The largest and most prestigious is an underground alliance called the House of Flying Daggers. The House of Flying Daggers operates mysteriously stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Thus they have earned the support

  • World Cinema Essentials World Cinema Essentials | DVD | (21/11/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £39.99

    House Of Flying Daggers (Dir. Zhang Yimou 2004) It is 859AD; the Tang Dynasty at its height one of the most enlightened empires in Chinese history is in decline. The Emperor is incompetent and the government is corrupt. Unrest is spreading throughout the land and many rebel armies are forming in protest. The largest and most prestigious is an underground alliance called the House of Flying Daggers. The House of Flying Daggers operates mysteriously stealing from the rich

  • Memoirs of a Geisha - DVD and Book Giftpack Memoirs of a Geisha - DVD and Book Giftpack | DVD | (05/06/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Arthur Golden's blockbuster bestseller Memoirs Of A Geisha has been brilliantly brought to the big screen by Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall. The film opens in a remote Japanese fishing village in 1929 where two sisters Chiyo and Satsu are sold by their troubled father to people who place Chiyo in a classy geisha house known as an okiya in Gion and Satsu in a much more vulgar and dangerous district. Chiyo becomes a maid to Hatsumomo a cold controlling and calculating geisha who is instantly jealous of Chiyo's unusual beautiful eyes and childish innocence. Chiyo is befriended by Pumpkin another maid at the okiya but the two are soon driven apart. Chiyo is shown compassion by the Chairman and another more successful geisha Mameha who takes her under her wing as her little sister furthering the battle between Chiyo now called Sayuri and Hatsumomo. As Sayuri is trained in the art of being a geisha learning how to walk talk dance and serve (up to a point) in order to please and honor her distinguished male clients World War II looms on the horizon threatening to upend Japan and its old ways. Memoirs Of A Geisha is a lush sweeping historical and romantic Oscar-winning epic featuring gorgeous period costumes - primarily the exquisite kimono worn by the geisha. Featuring a fantastic cast of Ziyi Zhang (in her first English speaking role) Michelle Yeoh Ken Watanabe and Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa with an enchanting score from John Williams. Winner of 3 Oscars for Best Costume Design Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.

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