Must Watch: Beautiful Trailer for Chow Yun-Fat's Confucius

September 3, 2009
Source: Quiet Earth

Confucius Trailer

Well this was unexpected. Quiet Earth has discovered the very first trailer for Confucius, the Chinese government developed biopic starring Chow Yun-Fat as the iconic philosopher. I wasn't expecting this to look as phenomenal as it does. Maybe I'm just being sucked into the visuals and the emotion and the ancient Chinese setting, but I just think it looks amazing so far. It's a full 3-minute trailer without any dialogue, only some beautiful music, but it's definitely worth watching. I don't know who did the score that's in this trailer, or where it's from, but it's exceptional. I can't wait to see this, whenever it makes its way over to America!

Watch the first Chinese trailer for Confucius:

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The life story of the highly-influential Chinese thinker and philosopher, Confucius, who lived from 551 BC to 479 BC during the Zhou Dynasty in China. His teachings have deeply influenced life in most of Asia.

Confucius was directed by Chinese filmmaker Hu Mei, of Army Nurse, Far from War, and For All Eternity previously, with a budget of $2.8 million, which converts to roughly $22 million in Hong Kong dollars. It was shot earlier this year and will screen this month in China to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China and Confucius' 2,560th birthday. It does not currently have a US distributor. Stay tuned!

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  • Such a magnificent culture. For some reason, I'm glad they didn't use VO. Looks good.
  • Me
    Just some additional information: this is the official trailer which was released to complete the filming. It was during a press conference in Beijing on September 2. (Here's a video of the press conference with the whole cast and director. It's fully in Mandarin though... The score is by: Zhao Jiping. A famous Chinese composer of movie soundtracks who also did many of Zhang Yimou's movies (Like 'raise the red lantarn' and 'Farewell to my concubine'). And the budget is US$ 22 million. Not HK dollars (it is not a HK movie). They wouldn't be able to make it this epic-looking with a measly 2.8 million.
  • mace
    this looks very good
  • I was wondering about the score, wasn't too sure if Yo-Yo Ma was scoring it. Zhao Jiping has a very similar sound.
  • AprilCoolsDay
    awesome music there. What do Jesus and Confucius have in common? People have used their teaching to support intolerance and oppression. He's like Jesus of East Asia.
  • luden
  • Tim C
  • ?????
    epic indeed...
  • Luis M
    Confucius say: "Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself"
  • Confucius say: Man who watch this trailer, fall asleep on keyboard
  • WOW>.. looks amazing.. completely reminding me of the beauty of Mongol... looks absolutely gorgeous.. nice find
  • marty
    Confucius say: man who runs after bus is going to get exhasuted
  • marty
    Confucius also say: man who goes through turnstile sideways is going to bangkok
  • NeoN
    Looks interesting, i wonder if the plot has enough hold for an entire film. Still, looks great. Oh and Confucious actually said: Do not burn bridges over which you intend to walk.
  • GTO
    Such an anticlimatic tralier. They could have done it in just half the time. 3:00 min? Seriously? It felt like 3 hours already. Don't get me wrong. The movie will probably be good, but, common with this trailer. Agreed with #10!
  • Alfredo
    Even if this movie were to lack plot and story, it would still be a visual feast. Epic is actually a good word.
  • Syn
    Confucius say: What you see is what you get, bad boy!
  • Scagginsvolley
    Confucius say: I do not look like Chow-Yun Fat.
  • I think like a lot of chinese cinema in this style, visually it's great to look at, but once you get past that it drags on. That trailer was so random too, just jumped from young Fu to old Fu all the time.
  • Confucius
    Respect yourself and others will respect you.
  • K
    Long and Boring!
    Confucius' life story was extremely interesting and well documented, even more so than the life of Christ. He was a noble statesmen who revolutionized Eastern(and Western) much of Justice, fair law and ethics are based on his teachings...he also ran into many conflict in his life...I could see this being a really great film, although I hope they humanize the man and don't turn him into some God-like character. Being that many Chinese actually do deify the man and still celebrate his descendants as royalty I can see this as potentially being heavy handed and melodramatic...Confucius was only just a man...seperate the myth and the teaching from the man and just show the man, and that will be a good watch. That being said, at least it will look great.
  • ray
    shoot i watched the trailer muted since i'm in class and it seems awesome!
  • Antioch
    Don't know if I've ever seen a less cohesive trailer
  • darthwhitey
    Confucius say: "boringest movie ever?" I liked it better when he could fly and walk on tree tops and stuff
  • I am Ron Burgundy?
    uh ok.....Epic snooze fest maybe! Confucius say: "Man with hand in pocket, feel cocky all day"
  • MiKa
    @10 Funniest comment ever LOL... I agree 100% could have shown all the 'epic' bits in 1 min, a bit pointless really.
  • I am Ron Burgundy?
    uh ok...Epic snore fest maybe! The music just makes me want to get out of my chair and dance. Confucius say: "Man with hand in pocket feel cocky all day"
  • Looks brilliant.
  • thejugfather
    looks like a very interesting movie for those with a brain, awesome score and of course they're probably going to deify him it was made in hong kong but still looks to be a great movie
  • dirtymonk
    wait, no kung fu?
  • PG
    Awesome. I'm on board.
  • Bernhard
    This bugs me again and again: this flash video player flat out sucks. you cant do proper full screen in it, he just crops it down to 4:3. Do something, please!
  • GTO
    @ 23 - ray. You didn't miss much with the sound muted. It was all music, no dialog.
  • Garrett
    I got so bored
  • OCP
    Confucius say: When you play with yourself you always win
  • racistamerican
    Confucius say: ching chang chong!
  • teyhtr
  • DoomCanoe
    hahahaha #10 had funniest comment until #37 showed up.. haha that's so wrong its hilarious.
  • Mike
    likes the score. :)
  • Confucius
    There wil be a 2nd Trailer before the film's wide release in China/Asia in Early 2010.
  • Angry Chief
    Trailer showed a lot of stuff, but only linked them together (barely) with a randomly aged Confooshuz. Music was nice, but in all honesty, the Jesus angle can be seen a bit too clearly and I don't like that. Don't swallow this propaganda. you'll just be hungry again in an hour. FYE: Confooshuz say, "he who eat jelly bean, fart in technicolor!" and "He who stand on toilet, high on pot!" and "He who lives in glass house dress in basement"
  • Sabes
    You people, lol. <3
  • At least it isn't another superhero movie....or is it? 😉 Actually it looks fantastic and the music used in that trailer is brilliant. Here's to hoping this doesn't become another Red Cliff - as in unreleased in the USA. Since there's no vampires, caped do-gooders, mutants, aliens, teeny-boppers, axe-murderers, or explosive experts in it, I doubt any US distributer will have the guts to pick it up.
  • Bob Dylan awesome! Some of you guys suck.
  • me
    #10 and #18, lol! The trailer isn't so impresive, just a bunch of bearded guys handing some pots. But it's a "government developed biopic" so...
  • Lazarus from Sparta!!!!
    Confucius say: trailer is not movie. Watch actual story b4 rhetoric is law!
  • Barnaby
    Amazing... agree with #1
  • epic and some of you all are weird
  • Mars
    man, i hope the whole film is like this, no speaking and chronologically jumbled.
  • Defeatedfrog
    Ah, he who stand on toilet is high on pot...grasshopper.
  • Confucius
    Great Crew behind this movie: Cinematography: Oscar Winner (Best Cinematography; Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) ,Peter Pau Production Design/Costume: Oscar Nominee(Costume Design,Curse of the Golden Flower) Yee Chung Man Music : Oscar Winner (Best Music, Original Score; The Last Emperor), Cong Su + Zhao Jiping (Farewell my Concubine, Raise the Red Lantern)
  • neonblue120
  • dave13
    hahaha. some of these comments are hilarious. but really though, this looks quite beautiful and well done. wonderful music too. that was probably one of the best trailers i've seen in a long time.




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