The Banquet of the Concubine
In the Imperial City in the year
746, during the Tang Dynasty, Emperor Li gives
a banquet in honour of his
favourite concubine, Yang. The
guests pay their respects to the great beauty. A magnificent feast is served.
The incense burns down, but the celebration is still missing two essential
elements: the delicious lychees which the concubine craves and the Emperor
As Yang’s impatience grows, she
drinks more and more. Where can he be? With Sun, the latest concubine!
Imagining their sensuous intertwining, Yang is consumed with jealousy and
behaves scandalously before the assembled dignitaries. Her frustrated desire
and the pain she feels at the Emperor’s infidelity harden her heart. She is
unappeasable. But it is another who will taste the unjust deserts.
Delicately flirting with
eroticism, the animated film The Banquet of the Concubine, by
young Chinese director Hefang Wei, recounts one of the most famous love
stories of Imperial China. In this tale of bitter jealousy, nothing can
sweeten the heart of an abandoned mistress, not even the luscious lychee.
2012, 12 min 50 s
International Short Film Festival
June 18 to 24 2013, Palm Springs, USAInternational Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF)
July 24 to 28 2013, Seoul, KoreaAnima Mundi
August 2 to 18 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Montreal World Film Festival
August 23 to September 3 2012, Montréal - Canada
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