The newest from director Chen Kaige.
Director Chen Kaige's Chinese historical blockbusters, with their opulent production design, swirling energy, vivid characters and powerfully emotional story lines, play wonderfully for Western audiences. "Sacrifice" (★★★ 1/2, R for some violent content, in subtitled Mandarin) is a relentlessly propulsive fifth-century melodrama of assassination, clan warfare and palace intrigue. The plot concerns a humble physician who shelters the only surviving infant of a noble family exterminated by their political rivals. Raising the child as his own, the doctor plans an elaborate revenge against the faction that seized the throne. The film combines rip-snorting action, crisp editing and juicy performances in a thoroughly entertaining package. (St. Anthony Main, 115 SE. Main St., Mpls., $5-$8.50. Ends Aug. 2, 612-331-4723.)