In this article we watched the way of the imagery of Liu Bang(劉邦) in the recent Chinese film story, which are the movie “White Vengeance(鴻門宴傳奇)” directed by Li Rengang(李仁港) in 2011 and “The Last Supper(王的盛宴)” directed by Lu Chuan(陸川) in 2012.
In the movie “White Vengeance” the director Li Rengang(李仁港) emphasized the character of Zhang Liang(張良) and Fan Zeng(范增), who were respectively the advisors of Liu Bang(劉邦) and Xiang Yu(項羽), who are well-known heros in history. Zhang Liang and Fan Zeng were described as a wise baduk(圍棋) player. Especially, old aged Zhang Liang is the leading characters who remonstrates old stories about the ‘Hongmenyan(鴻門宴)’ in the film. Futhermore, the action scenes in the movie are very technically and splendidly portrayed by computer graphics as much like martial arts films. The movie communicates ideas that Liu Bang was not a real winner for he suffered from anxiety and the sense of guilty in the rest of his life, although he had Han(漢) dynasty. Likewise, Xiang Yu was not a real loser, for he could be together with the royal person including Yu Ji(虞姬) even when he is about to die.
In the movie “The Last Supper”, the director Lu Chuan(陸川) focused the relationship among Liu Bang, Xiang Yu and Han Xin(韓信), and depicted the anxiety and the fear which Liu Bang experienced in his life. Liu Bang could be the boss of anti-Qin(秦) army with assistance from Xiang Yu and narrowly escaped death in the ‘Hongmenyan(鴻門宴)’ with charity of him, but it ended in the death of Xiang Yu and the victory of Liu Bang who wanted to be emperor. Han Xin(韓信) was a petty office in the army of Xiang Yu, but was appointed to a great general by Liu Bang. Han Xin won consecutive victories in Chu-Han Battle(楚漢戰爭), defeating Xiang Yu to death and accomplishing a feat for the establishment of Han(漢) dynasty. But Han Xin was suspected of rebellion and killed in the trap in conclusion.
The two movies mostly described the defection of the character of Liu Bang and the anxiety he suffered in all his life despite the highest position and the most powerful authority in his nation.