Synopsis: The life story of the highly-influential Chinese philosopher, Confucius.
Director(s): Mei Hu
Production: Beijing Dadi Century Limited
  4 wins & 9 nominations.
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125 min

I have grown old

It's so long since I last dreamed of master Zhu

My ideas of educations, musics, humanity and harmony

Can be fullfilled only in times to comes...

Yan Hui , disciple of Confucius

Palace of Lu

Master Kong Qiu, the mayor of Zhong Du


Follow me

At the time of King Dinh Lu (501 BC), the power of Lu

in the hands of three families called "nobles family":

those are Ji, Meng and Shu's carriages

Master Kong, you may bow inside

Announcing Master Kong Qiu, the mayor of ZhongDu

His Majesty arrives

King Dinh Lu

Welcome, Kong Qiu...

Your humble servant Kong Qiu

glad too greets Your Majesty

Ok, Kong Qiu

As I heard

you've been mayor of ZhongDu

for only in a year, many things..

has been changed... Streets were safes,

homes were secures

Your majesty

As I said of observing the ritual of Zhou

"A year show progress, there years would

show much more"

I would like to see

Your policies applied througout

the Kingdom of Lu

I have no such authority, and therefore

shouldn't exert myself

This could be easily handle

I'll appoint you to the right position

Lord Ji Yiru has just died

Now, his oldest son Ji Sunsi

has become Prime Minister and Chief General

of the Army

But the post of Minister of Law is vacant

"There nobles family" all their own nominees

But I'm inclined to appoint you

I can't presume to be worthy

then I will support you

You and your disciples

could civilize the Kingdom of Lu

You could challenge those

you've called unworthy in the past

Do you dare?

My Lord, A slave has just escaped!

What? Who is it?

It's master PingZi

late lord's favorite young servant

He is Qi Sigong!

That little boy

My father ordered that

this boy must be buried with him!

Get him back!


Overthere! Prepare poisoned arrows now!

Help! Master! Master ... help me, please!

Teacher, in your opinion

could the kingdom of Lu stronger

but the emulating the Dukedom of Qui?

Your majesty

The people of Qi obey the law

Out of their fear of punishment

If we respect the law because of

we are civil, honest,

and have integrity, dignity,...

aren't this much better

when horrorable and credible men are choosen

to be officers

theft and corruption would disappear

men who cares their parents and children

also care for others

Men should perform their duties

while women would be given a home

and family ...

then orphan and widows, the old, the sick

and the weak could be taken care of

Then the people will live and work cheerfully

Universal peace and harmony will reign!



Don't close it! Open the door!

Let me out, please!

Prepare the meal

Your father has returned

How do you know?

I heard his voice

He'll be surprised I've brought you

to see him

Hurry, take and bring this to him


You're back

You've been gone for half of the day!

Mother and I have been waiting

You haven't eaten yet? You must be hungry

Don't be worry, who are you?

I am ...

Qi Sigong

Little boy..


Yan Hui, call a doctor, quick!


Hurry, call for a doctor

What's this all about?


as I came here

the troops of Ji Family were chasing

this little slave

So i rescured him

He was a burial-slave

The Ji's troops want him back

Teacher, let's avoid trouble

I can leave him with my brother in law

in the Kingdom of Wei

This might be better for everyone

No, Zilu, he could stay here

Seeing injustice and do not extend help

equal to a lack of courage

Gong Boliao ,disciple of Confucius.

Then, Lord Ji Sunsi will be furious


You did the right thing

Stop! What do you thing you're doing?

Gong Sang Niu,genaral of Ji

Who are you?

I am General Gong Sang Niu of Biyi cidatel

Quickly search this area

Mr. Gong San


Kong Qiu

What do you want?

It is reported

That the Minister's escaped slave

is hiding here

If you don't show him over to us now

it may damage your relation

with the Minister

Minister Kong, may I have any words in private?

Minister Kong, I hate the arrogance of the

three Noble Families so much

And today, I could report that I found nothing

You and I should be friends and partners. Together.

we could drive out the Noble Families and

rule the kingdom ourselves.

Now, tell me

What say you

Our paths are different, so we cannot

work under the same principle

General, it's getting late,

you should be on your way


My lord and Ministers

Everyone has come to observe the Winter Sacrifice

But before we can begin

A strange occurrence demands explanation

Yesterday, the officer responsible for the

sacrifice of birds

reported that one of the ten pheasants

prepaired for the ceremony

has pecked off its own tail

So, today I must seek your exalted opinions

Ought we to cancel the ceremony?

Or make a delay?

I wish to speak

You can speak, Su Sunwu

Su Sunwu ,minister of Lu, belong to Noble Families

In my opinion, since the Winter Sacrifice

marks the most important sacrifice at year end

it must not be delayed nor canceled!

We address the gods throught this ceremony

the omen reflects a message from Heaven

therefore, the pheasant should be set

to fly out from sacrifice

To do otherwise would be seen as a disrespect

for the Spirit!

We must obey the will of heaven

And allow this bird to live

Kong Qiu, what is your view?

Your Majesty

your humble servant fully agrees with

Minister Shu's opinion

Then ... you ministers?

Your humble servants also agrees

with the two minister's opinion

Since all are in agreement.

So be it! Let the pheasant be released

Into the mountain forests.

Your Majesty, your humble servant wished to speak


I have a request

at the end to the evil ritual of burial

of living being

with their deceased Master

Kong Qiu

Why do you have such respect?

Because today, your humble servant

Is pleading for this little slave's life

Which little slave?

There he is


Ins't that the slave

who ran away from your home?

Kong Qiu

He was my family's slave

and you took him into your house!

How dare of you!


Minister Ji, please pardon him

This boy should not accompany

Lord Ji Yiru to the grave

Don't you always approve of observing

our ancient traditions?

This is just one of them!

Minister Ji

Benevolence is love for our fellow human!

A ritual murder is still a murder even if they

comply with our tradition!

Lord Shu

You showed benevolence toward a pheasant

I am here to ask you

Surely you also to speakup for

this wounded boy?

Today, we come here

Only for discussing about the

Winter Sacrifice

This matter is unrelated

No, there is a close relationship!

The "Zhou Book of Ethic" tells us to value

a human life above all

the burial of slave was praticed in wicked ways

It was outlawed since the commencement of the Zhou

throne in this Dynasty

Our Kingdom of Lu is the ancient home

of the Duke of Zhu

And know for its ethic

We should be innovative with our system

and abandon outdated traditions

Your Majesty, everybody

I, Kong Qiu, on my own life

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