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The Emperor & The Assassin

  • Who's head shall I ask for today?...

A sweeping true historical epic set at the dawn of the Chinese empire. The King is set upon uniting China, and his lover since childhood helps him with this plan, believing that unity will strengthen China against the enemies surrounding them. They concoct a plot to have an assassination attempt against the Emperor, to provide justification for attacking a neighbour. However, as the Emperor becomes increasingly despotic, his lover finds her herself drawn more and more to the hired assassin.
The film has won international awards. Mandarin with English subtitles.


161 minutes, No persons under 13 (Violence)
Drama, Romance

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Credits
Cast
Li Gong, Fengyi Zhang, Zhou Sun, Xiaohe Lu, Zhiwen Wang, Kaige Chen, Yongfei Gu
Director
Kaige Chen
ScreenplayKaige Chen, Peigong Wang
MusicJiping Zhao
CinematographyZhao Fei
Sound formatsDTS
SoundtrackNot available
Made in1999
Produced byBeijing Film Studio, China Film Co-Production Corporation, Le Studio Canal, NDF, New Wave Company, Pricel, Shin Corporation

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
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International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Gemma Files5
Box Office (USA)Ed Scheid13
Total Film (UK)Ceri Thomas5
Film Review (UK)James Cameron-Wilson15
IMDB572 Netizens16
Average .. 58%12
Visitor Ratings
Gustav Scholtz (31) 18
Average .. 90%18


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