the loss of his beloved wife and
newborn son while attempting to save
a high-born infant of the Zhao clan from
slaughter by a deadly enemy, a court
physician has made the ultimate
sacrifice; but his carefully-planned
revenge only causes him further sorrow
in the brutal and emotionally-charged
Chinese movie Sacrifice...
AND RESENTFUL OVER HIS TREATMENT after devoting his life to loyal service, Tu'an
Gu (Award-winning actor Wang Xuegi: Bodyguards and Assassins) successfully
plots to overthrow the powerful and influential Zhao clan that has held its
lofty position in China for generations.
As the Grand Councillor, Zhao Dun (Guoan Bao) is in high favour and his son,
the brave General Zhao Shuo (Wenzhuo Zhao) is married to a princess, the Lady
Zhuangi (Bingbing Fan), who is heavily pregnant.
Sacrifice is an
watchable and emotional
period drama that
benefits from terrific
battle scenes and well-
Tu'an Gu strikes, he fulfils his plans of a military coup and orders the slaughter
of the entire Zhao clan. The princess gives birth after seeing her husband slain
and to save the child the court physician Cheng Ying (Award-winning actor Ge
You: To Live), hides the child in his medical chest.
General Han Jue (Xiaoming Huang) is sent to fetch the child but is persuaded
by Cheng Ying to allow him to take and hide the child. With the princess slain,
the physician takes the child to live with him, his wife (Hai Qing) and their
own newborn son.
But tragedy is to strike; and newborn boys are in terrible danger from the vengeful
Tu'an Gu. Paying a dreadful price for his loyalty to the Zhao clan, Cheng Ying
saves the boy at the cost of the lives of his own child and his wife.
Bringing the boy up as his beloved son under the watchful eye of Tu'an Gu, Cheng
Ying waits for the day he can use the boy as a weapon against the man responsible
for the loss of his family. As Tu'an Gu gradually begins to truly care for the
boy, Cheng Ying will suffer further and live to regret what he has done.
Sacrifice is an impressive, highly watchable and emotional period drama
that benefits from terrific battle scenes and well-paced tension. It is a story
of bitter jealousy and a horrific sacrifice that leads to danger and confusion
for both the physician and his adopted son.
The film also features: Fengyi Zhang as Gongsun Chujiu; Dong-xue Li as Ti Miming;
Bo Peng as Duke Ling of Jin; Zhao Wen Hao as Zhao Wu; Jinsong Wang as Counsellor
and William Wang as Young Zhao Wu.
Sacrifice was originally called Zhao shi gu er. Cinematography by
Shu Yang; Visual Effects by Pei-Zhi Huang; Producers: Hong Chen and Qin Hong;
Writer is Ningyu Zhao; Director is Chen Kaige.
one of China's most influential directors, Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine;
The Promise) come the breathtaking film Sacrifice, an epic tale of
paternal love and retribution starring a stellar cast and with amazing sets,
this breathtaking film makes its DVD debut, courtesy of High Fliers Films, on
20 May 2013. Running Time: 128 Minutes | Language: Chinese with English Subtitles
| Catalogue Number: HFR0192 | RRP: £14.99.
"Sacrifice is an impressive, highly watchable and emotional period drama
that benefits from terrific battle scenes and well-paced tension" Maggie Woods, MotorBar
"Rewarding and highly engaging… one of the best Chinese blockbusters of the
last couple of years" BeyondHollywood
"Keeps its audience engaged right up to its emotional final showdown" Time Out, Hong Kong