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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Zeng Jing
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Jiang Ah-sheng
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Cao Feng, The Wheel King
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Ye Zhanqing (Turquoise)
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Lei Bin
Xiaodong Guo ...
Zhang Renfeng
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Xi Yu
Yiyan Jiang ...
Tian Qingtong
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Lian Sheng, the Magician
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Mrs. Cai
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Killer Bear (as Matt Wu)
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Doctor Li (as Jin Shijie)
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Qing Jian (Kongdong Teal Sword)
Zonghan Li ...
Lu Zhu (Wisdom) (as Calvin Li)
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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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martial arts | sword fight | wuxia | See All (3) »

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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28 September 2010 (China)  »

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Reign of Assassins  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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The idea for making the film came about when producer Terence Chang was looking for an action film to star Michelle Yeoh. After several meetings with Chao-Bin Su they developed a wuxia style film. See more »

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

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Composed by Dingding Sa & Peng Bo
Lyrics by Salad Li & Dingding Sa
Performed by Dingding Sa & Wu Tsing-Fong
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Classic Wuxia Tone Without The Trendier Clichés
8 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Excellent wuxia pan with Yeoh in top form dramatically as well as in weapons work. It was refreshing to see the pan-Asian casting done for specifically appropriate characters and acting ability, but without much overt typecasting. Wang Xueqi anchors the film opposite Yeoh more than Jung perhaps, but in the best genre fashion the villains are given gradation and more complex motive and arc than one often sees in action film.

An initial introductory sequence put me off, with a lot of intermittent cinematography and freeze-frames on specific characters. Fortunately, this device is not repeated or characteristic. Kam's score is more understated than usual, and plays well with string accompaniment to the more tightly choreographed parts. Leon Dai's assassin styles and names himself after a Taoist Magician, which initially seemed too light. However, this changed quickly, and although he lent much color to later scenes the overall tone fit well.

It's got a very classic feel, applying wirework sparingly and focusing on the intertwined dialogue and motives of a large cast within the jiang hu milieu. The fights are intricate, concentrating on exotic weapons and styles, but mixing it up with some proxy fighting and concealed technique. It neatly avoids recently popular pitfalls such as overt cgi spectacle, massing sheer volumes of Mainland extras, or lingering on glamour shots of pecs and shimmering hair weaves. Instead, we get clearly delineated spaces for a series of crafted set pieces which fit into a whole - not something to be written around by committee. Hopefully, fans will respond and more filmmakers take notice.


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