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Chao-Bin Su (written by)
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Release Date:
28 September 2010 (China) See more »
Drizzle/Zeng Jing tries to start a new life after she had betrayed her gang and hid the remains of monk. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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Classic Wuxia Tone Without The Trendier Clichés See more (35 total) »


  (in credits order)

Michelle Yeoh ... Zeng Jing

Woo-sung Jung ... Jiang Ah-sheng

Xueqi Wang ... Cao Feng, The Wheel King

Barbie Hsu ... Ye Zhanqing (Turquoise)

Shawn Yue ... Lei Bin
Xiaodong Guo ... Zhang Renfeng

Kelly Lin ... Xi Yu
Yiyan Jiang ... Tian Qingtong

Leon Dai ... Lian Sheng, the Magician

Hee Ching Paw ... Mrs. Cai

Matt 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
Xiaoguang Hu ... Song Yang 5 Leader
Zhi Han ... Song Yang 5 Member 1
Han Qing Xing ... Song Yang 5 Member 2
Zhan Jie Shi ... Song Yang 5 Member 4
Qing-xiang Li ... Zhang Hai Duan
Shu-liang Ma ... Old Shop Boss Chan
Liping You ... Zhang Sa Jing (as Li Ping You)
Weidong Qin ... Butcher
Zhi Qiang Yuan ... Purple Sword
Jun Li ... Old Seven
Benchang You ... Monk Obsession
Deshun Wang ... Shen Bu
Qi Chen ... Demon Granny
Yi Ming Qi ... Demon Grandson
Min Min Lei ... Teahouse Waiter
Lei Tong ... Eunuch Cao
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kim-Fai Che ... Song Yang 5 Member 3
Shih-Yin Chen

Directed by
Chao-Bin Su 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chao-Bin Su  written by

Produced by
Terence Chang .... producer
Zhengyu Dai .... executive producer
Lorraine Ho .... executive producer
Peter Lam .... executive producer
Ming Li .... executive producer
Albert Liu .... executive producer
Shaoye Shi .... producer
Tyler Stokes .... associate producer
May Su .... executive producer
John Woo .... producer
Ming Yan .... executive producer
Original Music by
Anthony Chue 
Peter Kam 
Cinematography by
Wing-Hang Wong (director of photography) (as Horace Wong)
Film Editing by
Ka-Fai Cheung 
Casting by
Jie Cheng 
Production Design by
Simon So 
Baigui Yang 
Costume Design by
Emi Wada 
Makeup Department
Xiaolan Guo .... makeup artist
Eddie Liu .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Angie Lam .... post-production supervisor
Jan-Kau Wong .... production manager (as Zhenqiu Wang)
WenQian Yu .... assistant production manager
Art Department
Dai Fai Lam .... special props
Sound Department
James Ashton .... re-recording mixer
James Ashton .... sound effects editor
Adam Connelly .... foley recordist
Wei He .... sound designer
Wei He .... sound effects editor
Wei He .... sound mixer
Yuan He .... sound effects editor
Dan Johnston .... foley artist
Stanley Tu .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Kawah Cheung .... digital compositor
Sing-Choong Foo .... visual effects supervisor
Heedong Kim .... visual effects producer
Sean Lee .... visual effects producer
Adam Chung-Tai Chan .... stunts (as Chung-Tai Chan)
Wei Tung .... action coordinator (as Stephen Tung)
Camera and Electrical Department
Zheng-Jia Guo .... gaffer
Rocky Tsang .... first assistant camera
Music Department
Kin-wai Wong .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Ning Cao .... production accountant
Yi-Jan Chan .... production accountant: Lion Rock (as Jacqueline Chan)
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Zhengyu Dai .... presenter
Peter Lam .... presenter
Lucky Lau .... presenter
Yan-Lam Lee .... financial controller
Ming Li .... presenter
Li-Mei Su .... presenter
Ming Yim .... presenter

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jian yu" - China (original title)
"Reign of Assassin" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Rated R for violence
Hong Kong:117 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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The film's cast includes actors from Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong and China. John Woo stated that "It is a challenge for all. We selected various talented actors for this film and the language seemed to be the main obstacle...But we solved that."See more »
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How did Ah-sheng survive being killed 3 times?
How did Ah-Sheng kill Fatty Chen when his swords were buried under the floor of his house?
Why did Drizzle run away from the Dark Stone society?
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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Classic Wuxia Tone Without The Trendier Clichés, 8 October 2010
Author: Trent Reid from United States

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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