Confucius
Kong zi
China, 2010, 125 minutes, SD
Confucius Synopsis

Chow Yun Fat stars as the mythical Confucius in the sweeping epic story behind one of histories most recognisable names.


In 500 B.C., during China's famed 'Spring and Autumn Period', Kong Ze (Confucius), a commoner revered for his outstanding wisdom, is made Minister of Law in the ancient Kingdom of Lu. Under his inspired leadership, Lu ascends to new heights but becomes a target of conquest for the warlike nation of Qi. Threatened with annihilation by their powerful neighbour, a desperate people turn to their greatest teacher to lead their most powerful army.


When Confucius delivers a stunning victory against all odds, a jealous aristocracy sets out to destroy him, but they should never under-estimate a remarkable man whose wisdom is more powerful than the sword.


“Chow Yun-fat makes a commanding screen presence” - Variety

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Reviewed by ronaldgonzales
The basic virtues of propriety and decency are well pronounced in this big-budget and large scale 2010 production of Confucius which is a remaking of the 1940 film by Fei... more
The basic virtues of propriety and decency are well pronounced in this big-budget and large scale 2010 production of Confucius which is a remaking of the 1940 film by Fei Mu.  The timely philosophical messages come alive in the war torn country of China six centuries B.C. Although merely a commoner, Confucius gave emphasis to education, music, calligraphy, and the other arts which to him became the foundation for his successful venture as a military strategist, scholar, negotiator, philosopher and leader. He became mayor, minister and performed advisory functions. He helped end the burial of living servant children with their masters. He reclaimed land lost from war, won wars, won negotiations without the loss of life. But eventually, there would be wars that he cannot avoid. His annals would influence the future leaders of China and of the world to this day. Confucius' legacy lives on and included in the roster of great wise men and leaders such as Lao Tsu, Sun Tzu and Miyamoto Musashi.
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Reviewed by lenidecastro
China is a land caught at the threshold that lies between hubris and repressed civility in this movie by Hu Mei who grouped together superb and world-class artists to represent... more
China is a land caught at the threshold that lies between hubris and repressed civility in this movie by Hu Mei who grouped together superb and world-class artists to represent the issues of brotherhood, power, intimacy, courage, politics, education and civility in the chaotic China of the sixth century BC.  Politics, wars and greedy ambition divided the country and sought control of the liberties of the people. Kong Qui (Confucius), a commoner, lived a full but difficult life. Having proven himself as an expert military strategist, he created political alliances, gained control of various territories, and protected the royalty with minimum costs. His land of Lu greatly benefited by his wise counsel which was based mostly on how man must govern himself which to him is by righteousness, always giving importance to family, tradition, social philosophies and interactions, compassion, virtue, propriety, and always emphasizing on what unites rather than one what divides. Confucius gave importance to the six arts: archery, calligraphy, computation, music, chariot driving, and ritual espousing the need for education because, to him, education would give the people a chance to live within the circle of tradition and benevolence in society. He felt that his teachings weren’t appreciated during his time and that is why he summarized his wisdom in his book Spring and Autumn Annals hoping that future generations will come to appreciate the wisdom that he sought to impart. Hu Mei created a monumental film of a man who's wisdom surpassed the ages.
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  • The Confucius I knew was a wise old man. This film gave perspective to how he obtained and nurtured his wisdom. Just like any man he went through the ups and downs of life. But he never gave up his principles. In the end he was vindicated for truth, wisdom and justice. The references to Lao Tzu were insightful. This is a must see movie for History and Theosophical fans alike.

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  • The Confucius I knew was a wise old man. This film gave perspective to how he obtained and nurtured his wisdom. Just like any man he went through the ups and downs of life. But he never gave up his principles. In the end he was vindicated for truth, wisdom and justice. The references to Lao Tzu were insightful. This is a must see movie for History and Theosophical fans alike.
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  • Chow Yun-fat and all the cast gave a superb performance to justify and commemorate the life of one of the most influential people who lived. 

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  • Chow Yun-fat and all the cast gave a superb performance to justify and commemorate the life of one of the most influential people who lived. 
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