The Emperor and the Assassin Movie Review 1999

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Sumptuous historical drama (and a complicated storyline) concerns a united China's first emperor. Set in 320 B.C., China is a collection of seven rival kingdoms with Ying Zheng, the King of Qin (Xuejian) obsessed with uniting the country and then dividing it into provinces for proper ruling (with himself as supreme head). Naturally, this means war. Also involved is his lover, Lady Zhao (Li), who plans a fake assassination attempt to aid Zheng. But the assassin she chooses, Jing Ke (Fengyi), is trying to reform and things don't go exactly according to plan. Remember--power corrupts. Mandarin with subtitles.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 161 minutes.
Originally from Chinese.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, China, Big Battles, Assassination, Royalty, Politics
Chen Kaige, Wang Peigong
Xuejian Li, Gong Li, Zhang Fengyi, Zhiwen Wang, Sun Zhou, Chen Kaige
Zhao Fei
Chen Kaige
Zhao Jiping

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