After years of war that led to the establishment of the Han Dynasty, Emperor Liu Bang (Liu Ye) has become paranoid about conspirators around him and plagued by nightmares. In his nightmares, he begins to remember his rise to the throne, starting with his days as a peasant fighting the Qin ruler under the leadership of Xiang Yu (Daniel Wu). However, when Liu is suspected of betraying Xiang by entering the Qin Palace before his lord after their victory, Xiang’s advisors conspire to kill Liu during a banquet at Hong Gate. Liu escapes and wins a brutal war with Xiang’s forces, thanks to help from defected general Han Xin (Chang Chen). However, Liu’s victory prompts him to rethink the Hong Gate banquet and the events surrounding it.
In 2011, two films about the Feast at Hong Gate – a pivotal event during the Chu-Han Contention that has since become popular in Chinese literature and pop culture – went into production around the same time: White Vengeance by Daniel Lee (Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon) and The Last Supper by Lu Chuan (City of Life and Death). While White Vengeance likens the deadly rivalry between Liu Bang and Xiang Yu to a game of chess, The Last Supper takes an almost operatic approach to the story, creating a grandiose, visually breathtaking epic that offers a fresh perspective on one of the most famous banquets in Chinese history. Liu Ye (City of Life and Death), Daniel Wu (Overheard) and Chang Chen (The Grandmaster) co-star in this bold, controversial film that implies the seeds of modern Chinese politics may have been planted as far back as 2,000 years ago.
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