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Sword of the Assassin (2012)

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Nguyen Vu is the sole survivor of his family who was executed by the empress of Vietnam. Upon discovering that his family may have been framed for crimes they did not commit, he sets out to bring justice and clear his family name.

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Huynh Dong ...
Nguyen Vu
Midu ...
Hoa Xuan
Khuong Ngoc ...
Tran Tong Quan
Minh Thuan ...
Su Phu
Kim Hien ...
Hoa Ha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mai Anh ...
Co Gai Dien
Van Anh ...
Vuong Gia
Tuan Binh ...
Nguyen Vu Luc Nho
Nguyen Chau ...
Ong Chu Quan Nuoc
Ba Cuong ...
Vuong Thien
Le Ngoc Han ...
Vua Le Thai Tong
Thu Hang ...
Me Nguyen Vu
Jayvee Mai The Hiep ...
Le Dai Nhan
The Hung ...
Cha Nguyen Vu
Le Ngoc Huynh ...
Lao Gia Dien
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Vietnam's First Wuxia-Style Film
30 July 2012 | by (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – See all my reviews

Young Nguyen Vu (Huynh Dong) is brought to the home of a monk after his entire family is killed at the order of the Queen, Thai Hau (Van Trang), who suspects the Nguyen family of assassinating her husband who happened to have died while in their home. The monk trains young Nguyen Vu in wuxia (the Chinese type of martial arts that one sees in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" - all floating through the air and walking up walls) and when he is old enough, tells him who he really is. This sets Nguyen Vu on the road to avenge his family's name; along the way, he meets Hoa Xuan (Mi Du) and her older sister Hoa Ha (Kim Hien), who have their own, very similar, reasons for wanting to destroy Thai Hau. They have many opponents, of course, including a bald-headed scar-faced man who appears to do Thai Hau's bidding but really is in league with another aspirant to the throne. And all of them are in search of the possibly non-existent blood letter, a letter written in blood by a dying eunuch who knew all the secrets of the royal household at the time of the Nguyen family's fall and the Queen's rise. How the two sisters and Nguyen Vu meet their challengers, and what fates await them, is all in God's hands, according to Nguyen Vu's mentor, but perhaps he can create some of his own fate....

This is Vietnam's first foray into the realm of epic historical martial arts film, and while there is little that is new here, there is much to enjoy. First of all, the storyline is fairly clean (as these films go, anyway) and, while derivative, the action sequences are extremely well executed. In addition, the beauty of the Vietnamese countryside is given ample scope - by turns lush and harsh, beautiful and treacherous, this is an absolutely stunning film visually. One finds oneself caught up in the story to the extent of cheering when the hero wins a fight and booing when the bad guys turn up. There are some terrific fantasy sequences thrown into the mix, as at the very beginning when a statue of a lion/dragon in the monk's courtyard comes to life and the monk must battle it to return it to its stone state, and towards the very end when Nguyen Vu finds himself battling his foe on a lake or river, gathering his strength for one last push against his oppressor. Even the evil Queen becomes somewhat more sympathetic towards the end, which I felt was a very nice, humanizing, touch. I wouldn't list this film among the very best of its kind, but I *would* buy it should it appear in DVD form in the future, as it was quite entertaining and very beautiful to look at.


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