The Emperor and the Assassin details
|Starring:||Xiaohe Lu, Fengyi Zhang, Zhiwen Wang, Zhou Sun, Gong Li|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Studio:||COLUMBIA TRI-STAR HOME VIDEO|
|Original title||Jing Ke ci Qin Wang|
The Emperor and the Assassin
|Run time:||2 hours 41 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
Most helpful review
Slow but beautifulBy a customer from Bradford , 20 Sep 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]Chen Kaige gives us magnificent depth of atmosphere. Yes, it's a 'period piece', but Chen's artistic use of imagery makes it something more. The actors often behave like players using the stylised diction, postures and facial expressions of Peking Opera. All the actors in a scene play to the 'back wall' even when addressing each other. They are like spirits of the past enunciating with powerful clarity a story with urgent meaning for those in the present. Combined with close attention to scale and masterful cinematography indoors and out, The Emperor and the Assassin is a stunning tale told with great reverence in its own idiom that captivates completely.
It is a great movie, but it must be said a little long. This really is a movie to watch on your own, so that you can lose yourself in the sweeping cinematography and not feel awkward in the long silences. Worth watching on a Sunday afternoon.
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Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008This is a very absorbing and beautifully made film. It recreates China 2,200 years ago, in the time of the great Emperor Q'in (pron. 'Sheen'), who unified the country, was responsible for the linking of the Chinese defensive walls into the Great Wall of China and ordered the manufacture of the famous terracotta warriors to guard the gates of his tomb. A retired, remorseful assassin is persuaded to make an attempt on his life, which in the end he does. Everything about it visually is impressive, indeed breath-taking. The acting is good - lots of intense close-ups. However, if this does not sound a silly comment, it is a very 'Chinese' film in terms of character behaviour and motivation, and it is sometimes difficult for a Western perception to make out why a character thinks as she/he does or apparently changes viewpoint without any clear reason. I do not say this as a criticism - I had a similar reaction to watching traditional Chinese opera a while back, but that did not spoil my enjoyment of it. No-one should hesitate from watching this film if the subject appeals.
I couldn't watch itBy a customer from Ryde , 22 Jun 2008I enjoy the Chinese films such as Hero and Crouching Tiger, this was horrendous. Although the script and the scenery may have had the makings of a good film the dubbing and wooden acting were unbearable. I had to stop watching it.
dosn't quite live upBy filmhound (27 reviews) from London , 15 Dec 2007I had high hopes of the movie but sadly it didn't quite make it. After seeing 'hero' this comes a very poor second. Quite poorly made in places with re-used shots in the battle scenes and clearly visable second rate extras looking like there in a paint ball battle. The story ambles on for ever with the stunning QL being the only one giving anything like a good performance, the king at the center of the story comes over as a complete fool and looks it. As usual in modern Asian movies the art direction is is very good although the constant use of brown colors in every outdoor set is a bit pretentious, costumes are poor by the standards of other films in the same style. Too long, (or did it just seem it), i was glad when it was over to tell the truth. Not so much an epic as a lumbering giant.
One of the bestBy a customer from UK , 25 Oct 2007This movie contains a great storyline combined with fine acting performances. It is a movie that begs to be seen over and over again
PowerfulBy a customer from London, England , 18 Jun 2007A true Epic. Splendid and powerful in every sense. Besides, the best acting I've seen in a Chinese film for many years. If you let yourself be involved, wrapped in this incredible film, it wil move you, and it will sit and stay in your memory forever.