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Reign of Assassins (2010)

Jian yu (original title)
Drizzle/Zeng Jing tries to start a new life after she had betrayed her gang and hid the remains of monk.

Directors:

Chao-Bin Su, John Woo (co-director)

Writer:

Chao-Bin Su
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 King ... Doctor Li
Pace Wu ... Qing Jian (Kongdong Teal Sword)
Zonghan Li ... Lu Zhu (Wisdom) (as Calvin Li)
Angeles Woo ... Eater Bear
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Storyline

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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From John Woo - Director of 'Red Cliff' and the Star of 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [China]

Country:

China | Taiwan | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

28 September 2010 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

The Swordswoman's World See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,387,096
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Hua
Composed by Dingding Sa & Peng Bo
Lyrics by Salad Li & Dingding Sa
Performed by Dingding Sa & Tsing-Fong Wu
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User Reviews

 
Classic Wuxia Tone Without The Trendier Clichés
8 October 2010 | by trentreid-1See 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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