History Film / LegendOfTheBlackScorpion

7th Jun '16 4:06:34 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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Because of the time it was made, the similar setting and themes, and the fact that Creator/GongLi was originally slotted for the role of the [[ZhangZiyi Empress]], the movie is often compared with ''Film/CurseOfTheGoldenFlower''.

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Because of the time it was made, the similar setting and themes, and the fact that Creator/GongLi was originally slotted for the role of the [[ZhangZiyi [[Creator/ZhangZiyi Empress]], the movie is often compared with ''Film/CurseOfTheGoldenFlower''.
21st Feb '16 9:37:13 AM TastySauce
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''The Night Banquet'', known also by its international release title ''Legend of the Black Scorpion'', is a 2006 {{wuxia}} adaptation of Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', with a few notable changes and twists. Gertrude's {{expy}}, the Empress Wan, is rewritten as a much younger and more ambitious woman, who is playing a game of her own as the revenge plot marches on.

In the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period, Wu Luan is a prince who has left home to pursue the arts to forget his heartbreak, since his father has married Wan, the woman he loves. Three years later, his uncle murders his father and takes the throne and Wan for himself. Wu Luan returns to court at the summons of the Empress to protect him from assassination attempts, and from here he attempts to learn the truth of his father's death and exact revenge on his uncle, while struggling to come to terms with his feelings for his step-mother and his betrothed, the devoted [[TheOphelia Qing]].

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''The Night Banquet'', known also by its international release title ''Legend of the Black Scorpion'', is a 2006 {{wuxia}} adaptation of Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', with a few notable changes and twists. Gertrude's {{expy}}, the Empress Wan, is rewritten as a much younger and more ambitious woman, who is playing a game of her own as the revenge plot marches on.

In the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period, Wu Luan is a prince who has left leaves home to pursue the arts to and forget his heartbreak, since his father the Emperor has married Wan, the woman he girl Wu Luan loves. Three years later, his uncle murders his father and takes the throne and the beautiful Wan for himself. Wu Luan returns to court at the summons of the Empress to protect him from assassination attempts, and from here he attempts to learn the truth of his father's death and exact revenge on his uncle, while struggling to come to terms with his feelings for not only his step-mother and but also his former betrothed, the devoted [[TheOphelia Qing]].
16th Jan '15 2:10:23 PM MarkLungo
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The role of the Empress was originally intended for Creator/GongLi, who was busy with ''Film/CurseOfTheGoldenFlower'', or another actress of that age like MaggieCheung. When ZhangZiyi took the role, the character was aged down and the story was rewritten to allow for Wan to be younger than Wu Luan.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The role of the Empress was originally intended for Creator/GongLi, who was busy with ''Film/CurseOfTheGoldenFlower'', or another actress of that age like MaggieCheung. Creator/MaggieCheung. When ZhangZiyi Creator/ZhangZiyi took the role, the character was aged down and the story was rewritten to allow for Wan to be younger than Wu Luan.



6th Dec '13 7:59:21 PM TastySauce
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* WomanInWhite: The Empress at the beginning of the film, and during her first on-screen meeting with Wu Luan. This is an emphasis of her lost childhood innocence and purity.
** Qing is generally seen wearing more white than most other characters, but it isn't until the end she's dressed all in white. Echoing Wu Luan's introduction, Qing performs at the banquet wearing the same pure white outfit and the mask that has become increasingly stained and black. [[spoiler: By the end she is dying, and Wu Luan finally realizes he loves her.]]

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* WomanInWhite: The Empress Empress, when widowed at the beginning of the film, and during her first on-screen meeting with Wu Luan. This is an emphasis of her lost childhood innocence and purity.
** Qing is generally seen wearing more white than most other characters, but it isn't until the end that she's dressed all in white. Echoing Wu Luan's introduction, Qing performs at the banquet wearing the same pure white outfit and the mask that has become increasingly stained and black. [[spoiler: By [[spoiler:By the end she is dying, and Wu Luan finally realizes he loves her.]]
6th Dec '13 7:51:07 PM TastySauce
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* ManInWhite: Wu Luan wears white throughout most of the film while most of the cast is wearing some combination of red and black, highlighting his loneliness, lack of allies at court, and purity. His mask on the other hand turns increasingly dark as the court becomes more corrupt.

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* ManInWhite: Wu Luan wears white throughout most of the film while most of the cast is wearing wears some combination of red and black, highlighting his loneliness, lack of allies at court, and purity. His mask on the other hand turns increasingly dark as the court becomes more corrupt.



* MeaningfulEcho: "Do you know why I love this colour...?"
* MissingMom: There is no mention of Wu Luan's actual mother. Or Qing and Yin Sun's mother.

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* MeaningfulEcho: "Do you know why I love this colour...colour..?"
* MissingMom: There is no mention of Wu Luan's actual birth mother. Or Qing and Yin Sun's mother.



* OhCrap: During the banquet, when characters realize they, or someone they love, is going to be or has been poisoned.

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* OhCrap: During the banquet, when characters realize they, or someone they love, is going to be or has already been poisoned.
6th Dec '13 7:46:19 PM TastySauce
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* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Qing and the Empress. In their first scene together, they're even wearing white and black respectively.
* LonelyAtTheTop: Disregarding the fact [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity she's gone slightly loopy by this point]], [[spoiler:[[SheIsTheKing Emperor Wan]] is left desolate and alone by the end.]]

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* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Qing and the Empress. In their first scene together, together they're even wearing white and black respectively.
* LonelyAtTheTop: Disregarding the fact that [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity she's gone slightly loopy by this point]], [[spoiler:[[SheIsTheKing Emperor Wan]] is left desolate and alone by the end.]]
6th Dec '13 6:52:05 PM TastySauce
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* HotMom: The Empress, who is four years younger than Wu Luan. Justified in that she is his stepmother and was engaged to him before marrying his father.
6th Dec '13 6:35:39 PM TastySauce
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* AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler: Wan ultimately ends up losing everything she actually loved in her grab for power. Then someone killed her.]]

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* AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler: Wan [[spoiler:Wan ultimately ends up losing everything she actually loved in her grab for power. Then someone killed her.]]



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Pei Hong is executed by being beaten to death. All the more cruel and unusual for the fact that he invented the method.

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The elderly Pei Hong is executed by being beaten to death. All the more cruel and unusual for the fact that he invented the method.



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: The Emperor's death is ultimately rather pathetic as he realizes Wan loathes him. He deliberately poisons himself with the cup she prepared for him.]]
* DueToTheDead: One of the Emperor's [[PetTheDog rare good moments]] involves ordering that [[spoiler:Qing have a state funeral.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: The Emperor's [[spoiler:The Emperor]]'s death is ultimately rather pathetic as he realizes Wan [[spoiler:Wan loathes him. He deliberately poisons himself with the cup she prepared for him.]]
* DueToTheDead: One of the Emperor's [[PetTheDog rare good moments]] involves ordering that [[spoiler:Qing [[spoiler:Qing]] have a state funeral.]]
6th Dec '13 5:54:33 PM TastySauce
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* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler: Qing's death.]]

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* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler: Qing's death.]][[spoiler:Qing]]'s death, due to drinking poison.
10th Aug '13 9:25:08 AM TastySauce
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''The Night Banquet'', known also by its international release title ''Legend of the Black Scorpion'' is a 2006 {{wuxia}} adaptation of Shakespeare's ''{{Hamlet}}'', with a few notable changes and twists. Gertrude's {{expy}}, the Empress Wan, is rewritten as a much younger and more ambitious woman, who is playing a game of her own as the revenge plot marches on.

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''The Night Banquet'', known also by its international release title ''Legend of the Black Scorpion'' Scorpion'', is a 2006 {{wuxia}} adaptation of Shakespeare's ''{{Hamlet}}'', ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', with a few notable changes and twists. Gertrude's {{expy}}, the Empress Wan, is rewritten as a much younger and more ambitious woman, who is playing a game of her own as the revenge plot marches on.
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