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Reign of Assassins (2010)
"Jianyu" (original title)

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Drizzle/Zeng Jing tries to start a new life after she had betrayed her gang and hid the remains of monk.

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Stars: Michelle Yeoh
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Zeng Jing
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Jiang Ah-sheng
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Cao Feng, The Wheel King
Barbie Hsu ...
Ye Zhanqing (Turquoise)
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Lei Bin
Xiaodong Guo ...
Zhang Renfeng
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Xi Yu
Yiyan Jiang ...
Tian Qingtong
Leon Dai ...
Lian Sheng, the Magician
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Mrs. Cai
Chung-tien Wu ...
Killer Bear (as Matt Wu)
Shih-Chieh Chin ...
Doctor Li (as Jin Shijie)
Pace Wu ...
Qing Jian (Kongdong Teal Sword)
Zonghan Li ...
Lu Zhu (Wisdom) (as Calvin Li)
Angeles Woo ...
Eater Bear
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Set in ancient China, Zeng Jing is a skilled assassin who finds herself in possession of a mystical Buddhist monk's remains. She begins a quest to return the remains to its rightful resting place, and thus places herself in mortal danger because a team of assassins is in a deadly pursuit to possess the remains which holds an ancient power-wielding secret. Written by rojak88

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28 September 2010 (China)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Ah-Sheng had an unusual accent because he was portrayed by a Korean actor. The Korean language is famous for not having accents or tonal variations. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2010 (2010) See more »

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A Great Wuxia, with Breathtaking Choreography and Wonderful Music Score
9 December 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the Ming Dynasty, there was a legend about the mystical powers of the missing remains of an Indian Buddhist monk that would be capable to heal anything and would become a great kung-fu fighter.

When the leader of the Dark Stone gang Cao Feng (Xueqi Wang) discovers that Prime Minister Zhang possesses half of the powerful remains, he sends a team of assassins to kill the minister and his son Zhang Renfeng (Xiaodong Guo). However, the skilled Xi Yu (Kelly Lin) flees with the remains and kills Renfeng, who fall off a bridge in a river. Then Xi Yu meets the monk Wisdom that advises her that she has four flaws fighting with her sword and she might be killed by Cao Feng that has trained her.

Xi Yu goes to the renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Li that changes her face and she decides to start a new life in a small village. She assumes the identity of Zeng Jing (Michelle Yeoh) and poses of merchant, and soon she marries the quiet and clumsy Jiang A-sheng (Woo-sung Jung). When there is a robbery in the local bank, Zeng Jing is forced to fight to protect her and her husband from being killed, disclosing her skills to Cao Feng. Now he sends Lei Bin (Shawn Yue), Lian Sheng (Leon Dai) and Ye Zhanqing (Barbie Hsu), who are his three best assassins, to retrieve the remains and kill Zeng Jing and her beloved husband.

The talented Michelle Yeoh is one of the most beautiful Chinese actresses and her movies are usually great. In "Jianyu", a.k.a. "Reign of Assassins", we have not only Michelle Yeoh, but also the hands of John Woo. The result is a great film of the genre, with predictable but not less engaging twists and a romantic conclusion.

The choreography of sword fights is breathtaking and the music score is wonderful. Fans of the genre will certainly adore the awarded "Jianyu". My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Reino dos Assassinos" ("Reign of the Assassins")


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