The story of the Opium War between China, in the waning days of the Qing Dynasty, and the British Empire, in the 1830s, and the subsequent takeover of Hong Kong by Britain; through the eyes of the key figures, fiercely nationalistic Lin Zexu, and opportunistic British naval diplomat Charles Elliot.
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Xie Jin rivals with Spielberg in the amount of unnecessary descriptive and redundant camera movements in the direction of this unbearable propaganda balloon. Type-characters, caricatures devoid of a demiurgic sense, a film that never, ever, find a point of interest, except as a piece of an official speech.