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The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)

Jing Ke ci Qin Wang (original title)
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In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.


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Credited cast:
Lady Zhao
Jing Ke
Dan, Prince of Yan
Xiaohe Lü ...
General Fan Yuqi
Zhiwen Wang ...
Marquis Changxin
Lu Buwei
Yongfei Gu ...
Queen Mother
Gao Jianli
Haifeng Ding ...
Qin Wuyang
Changjiang Pan ...
Prison Official
Blind Girl
Ying Zheng
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xu Chu ...
10 State warrior
Dong Han ...
Qin cart driver
Bing Lin ...
10 State warrior


In the 3rd Century BC, Ying Zheng, heir to the Kingdom of Qin, seeks to dominate the remaining six Chinese kingdoms. Ying's strategy is to seem invincible. Ying sends his concubine Zhao to the Han Kingdom as a spy, to enlist an assassin he can conquer. Zhao persuades Jing Ke, but falls in love. Written by <ssrich@cityu.edu.hk>

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king | concubine | death | murder | temple | See All (38) »


Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 November 1998 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

The Emperor and the Assassin  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,295, 19 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,328,435, 9 July 2000
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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At the time, this was the most expensive Chinese production ever. See more »


Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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Excellent epic film.
31 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

I will admit my ignorance of this film's existence, until I saw it advertised on a cable outlet. I was very impressed with the novelistic structure of the film. The film, which is in a language I do not understand, shone with intelligence and nuance for me. I think this speaks to the film's quality. It was visually stunning. The acting was visually entrancing. The Chinese theater traditions of movement, used to enhance the delivery of dialogue, is so compelling after watching Western film, where actors traditionally focus more heavily on the dialogue. The action in this film comes right at you, without a lot of explosions to get your attention. It is human action that is so affective here. The added advantage that the film taught me history about one of the world's greatest tourist attractions, the funereal clay army of China's First Qin Emporer, was very impressive. It seemed to give the film an international relevance beyond the film's great ethical themes. This is a film I can comfortably recommend to a wide variety of friends and acquaintances.

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