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Empire of Assassins -- One man seeks out his revenge, unaware of the relation with his brother. As the two brothers seek to destroy each other, neither one will stop until they know the truth.
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5 July 2011 (USA) See more »
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One man is out for revenge after a life-altering event destroys his family. After years of preparation he seeks out his justice... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Mo Tse ... Zhang Tianbao

Li Yuan ... Wang renyi
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To put this in perspective..., 4 October 2011
Author: zdac from Montreal, Canada

Empire of Assassins is not actually a "movie" at all, but an abridged version of a Chinese TV series. Many people here have commented on the poor production values, but I think they are selling the series short. The production values are actually quite high for television, and aside from the fact that it's shot on (rather good looking) digital video instead of film, the costumes, editing, cinematography, fights, etc... are all easily par with an average 1990's style Hong Kong Wuxia movie. I've seen a few of these adapted TV series before, and this one looks better than most, honestly. The dubbing seems "off" because even in China, these series are often shot without sound, and all dialogue and sound effects are added later.

However, all of that can't save the plot from being fragmented and oversimplified, since it's been cut down from an original that would have been many, many hours longer. It helps to know what you're dealing with... this is NOT a lavish cinematic affair like CROUCHING TIGER or HERO. This is a condensed version of a cheap little TV action drama... and in that sense it not so bad if you're looking for a little bit of that retro wire-fu action. Think of it as Saturday morning cartoons, with more blood and exotic weapons. :)

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