Since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon hit big back in 2000 and unexpectedly crossed over into the mainstream thanks to director Ang Lee’s artful approach, the Wuxia sub genre of Asian action flicks has been in kind of a funk.
Director Zhang Yimou brought it further into the public consciousness with his visually stunning films Hero and House of Flying Daggers. Now it seems that every Wuxia movie that comes along now has one eye on the art-house rather than both eyes on entertainment. Reign of Assassins redresses the balance somewhat because it’s the most fun Wuxia movie for a long time.
We learn in an animated beginning that the body of Buddhist kung fu master Bodhi is said to grant whoever possesses it ultimate power and since his death it has been fought over by several different gangs, schools and groups of assassins. We then meet young and deadly »
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