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Tong que tai (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 26 September 2012 (China)
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Set in the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history, the story focuses on Cao Cao in his old age, exploring the areas of military tactics, love, and the relationship between father and son.


Linshan Zhao


Bin Wang
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yun-Fat Chow ... Cao Cao
Yifei Liu ... Diao Chan (as Liu Yi Fei)
Hiroshi Tamaki ... Mu Shun
Alec Su ... Emperor Xian (as Su Youpeng)
Annie Shizuka Inoh ... Fu Empress (as Annie Yi)
Terry Chiu Terry Chiu
Lu Yao Lu Yao ... Dr. Ji (as Yao Lu)
Dahong Ni ... (as Ni Da Hong)
Jeff Bao Jeff Bao ... Lv Bu
Kar-Ying Law ... (as Luo Jia Ying)
Samuel Pang ... Cao Xiu
Lv Joache Lv Joache
Xinyuan Hu Xinyuan Hu ... Young Ling Ju (as Hu Xinyuan)
Jieyi Liu Jieyi Liu ... Young Mu Shun (as Liu Jieyi)
Qing Guo Qing Guo ... Ji Mao (as Guo Qing)


Set in the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history, the story focuses on Cao Cao in his old age, exploring the areas of military tactics, love, and the relationship between father and son.

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Drama | History


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Release Date:

26 September 2012 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

The Assassins See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Bronze Sparrow Terrace was built by Cao Cao as a banquet hall where musicians and dancers would entertain his guests. See more »

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Watchable but confusing at the end. 5/10
26 February 2016 | by leonblackwoodSee all my reviews

Review: This us another one of those confusing Oriental movies that are hard to follow but the main concept is quite simple, everyone wants to murder Cao Cao (Chow Yun-Fat). There's also a love story running throughout the movie which is pretty straight forward but the rest of the storyline, went straight over my head. When the true reason, why Cao Cao is so evil, is revealed, I honestly didn't understand what the movie was truly about but it scores top marks for authenticity and cinematography, like many of the other Oriental movies I have watched lately. The costumes are truly amazing, especially Cao Cao's detailed armour and I'm happy to say that the DVD carries a dubbed version, so you don't have to worry about annoying subtitles. The action scenes were also impressive because they seemed real for that day and age but I really don't know why the director had to over complicate the storyline. Anyway, it's a watchable film, mainly for the great performance from Yun-Fat and the fear that he put in the people around him but the ending was a right mess. Watchable! 

Round-Up: This is the only movie directed by Linshan Zhao so it's hard to compare her other projects to this one but the writer, Bin Wang, also wrote House of Flying Daggers and Hero with Jet Li. I'm beginning to realise that a lot of these Oriental directors, certainly like to over complicate there movies with pointless detail which is, usually unnecessary. Maybe it's because I'm used to basic concepts from the Western market, why I'm finding it hard to get to grips with the these detailed story lines and I must admit, my mind does switch off once I have to read subtitles and try and keep up with movies. Anyway, I was expecting this to be an action movie, with a name like the Assassin's but it turned out to be an intense drama which I'm am in two minds about.

I recommend this movie to people who are into their history/drama starring Chow Yun-Fat, Yifei Liu, Xinyi Zhang and Hiroshi Tamaki. 5/10

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