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Kelly Lin (Actor) | Michelle Yeoh (Actor) | Barbie Hsu (Actor) | Shawn Yue (Actor)
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John Woo changes the face of wuxia cinema with his signature theme of heroism and stylish violence in the costume martial arts masterpiece Reign Of Assassins! Trading bullets for blades, Woo shares co-director credit with talented Taiwan writer-director Su Chao Pin (Silk, Better Than Sex), who brings a refreshing perspective to the genre and fills the captivating storyline with a touching emotional core and clever plot twists. Unlike Woo's past films where brotherhood and redemption are common themes, Reign follows a swordswoman who attempts to leave the jiang hu behind to find freedom and love. Veteran action director Stephen Tung (Bodyguards and Assassins) helps realize Su and Woo's vision by choreographing the wire-assisted swordplay action to exhilarating effect.

One of the biggest draws of this ambitious production lies in its glamorous all-star cast. Action queen Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) toplines the film alongside popular Korean actor Jung Woo Sung, who is no stranger to Chinese films having starred in Musa the Warrior, Daisy, and Season of Good Rain. More starpower comes courtesy of Mainland thespian Wang Xueqi, Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue, Taiwan actors Kelly Lin, Leon Dai, and Barbie Hsu. Pace Wu, Jiang Yiyan, Guo Xiaodong, and Paw Hee Ching are also among the eye-catching ensemble, with John Woo's daughter Angeles Woo making her acting debut in a supporting role.

Every clan in the martial world wants the sacred remains of the holy monk Dharma, which is believed to hold extraordinary powers. Upon learning its whereabouts, the Wheel King (Wang Xueqi) - leader of the assassins organization "Black Stone" - sends his elite killers to bring it back. Drizzle (Kelly Lin) gets away with the coveted relics and is forced to run from her relentless pursuers, including fellow assassins Lei Bin (Shawn Yue), the Magician (Leon Dai), and Turquoise (Barbie Hsu). Tired of her life of killing, Drizzle is determined to quit the martial world, and after altering her appearance, she hides in a small town under the name Zeng Jing (Michelle Yeoh). There, she falls in love with innocent young messenger Jiang Ah Sheng (Jung Woo Sung) and begins a peaceful married life with him, but her secret dark past eventually catches up with her...

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Product Title: Reign Of Assassins (2010) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 劍雨 (2010) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 剑雨 (2010) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 劍雨 (2010) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Reign Of Assassins (2010) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Kelly Lin (Actor) | Michelle Yeoh (Actor) | Barbie Hsu (Actor) | Shawn Yue (Actor) | Wang Xue Qi (Actor) | Jung Woo Sung (Actor) | Pace Wu (Actor) | Nina Paw (Actor) | Li Zong Han (Actor) | Guo Xiao Dong (Actor) | Leon Dai (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor) | Matt Wu (Actor) | Wu Fei Xia (Actor) | Wada Emi | Peter Kam 林熙蕾 (Actor) | 楊 紫瓊 (Actor) | 徐熙媛 (Actor) | 余文樂 (Actor) | 王學圻 (Actor) | 鄭雨盛 (Actor) | 吳佩慈 (Actor) | 鮑起靜 (Actor) | 李宗翰 (Actor) | 郭曉冬 (Actor) | 戴立忍 (Actor) | 江一燕 (Actor) | 吳中天 (Actor) | 吳 飛霞 (Actor) | 和田惠美 | 金培達 林熙蕾 (Actor) | 杨 紫琼 (Actor) | 徐熙媛 (Actor) | 余文乐 (Actor) | 王学圻 (Actor) | 郑雨盛 (Actor) | 吴佩慈 (Actor) | 鲍起静 (Actor) | 李宗翰 (Actor) | 郭晓冬 (Actor) | 戴立忍 (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor) | 吴中天 (Actor) | 吴 飞霞 (Actor) | 和田惠美 | 金培达 林熙蕾(ケリー・リン) (Actor) | 楊紫瓊(ミシェール・ヨー) (Actor) | 徐熙媛(バービー・スー) (Actor) | 余文樂(ショーン・ユー) (Actor) | 王學圻(ワン・シュエイン) (Actor) | チョン・ウソン (Actor) | 呉佩慈(ペース・ウー) (Actor) | 鮑起靜 (パウ・ヘイチン) (Actor) | 李宗翰 (リー・ゾンハン) (Actor) | グオ・シャオドン (Actor) | 戴立忍(レオン・ダイ) (Actor) | 江一燕(ジャン・イーイェン) (Actor) | 呉中天(マット・ウー) (Actor) | Wu Fei Xia (Actor) | ワダ・エミ | 金培達(ピーター・カム) Kelly Lin (Actor) | Michelle Yeoh (Actor) | Barbie Hsu (Actor) | 여 문락 (Actor) | Wang Xue Qi (Actor) | 정우성 (Actor) | Pace Wu (Actor) | Nina Paw (Actor) | Li Zong Han (Actor) | Guo Xiao Dong (Actor) | Leon Dai (Actor) | Jiang Yi Yan (Actor) | Matt Wu (Actor) | Wu Fei Xia (Actor) | Wada Emi | Peter Kam
Director: John Woo | Su Chao Pin 吳宇森 | 蘇照彬 吴宇森 | 苏照彬 呉宇森(ジョン・ウー) | Su Chao Pin 오우삼 | Su Chao Pin
Action Director: Tung Wai 董瑋 董玮 董瑋 (トン・ワイ) Tung Wai
Producer: John Woo 吳宇森 吴宇森 呉宇森(ジョン・ウー) 오우삼
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2010-11-25
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, 7.1, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): 50 GB - Double Layer, Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Duration: 120 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023747295

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Producer: John Woo
Director: Su Chao Pin

Directed by Su Chao-pin (SILK) and produced by internationally acclaimed John Woo, Reign of Assassins is a wuxia style-martial arts actioner in the same vein as CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, but laced with suspense, romance and revenge; a combination of FACE/OFF and MR. AND MRS. SMITH. Set in Ming Dynasty China, international action heroine Michelle Yeoh stars as Zeng Jing, a retired top assassin atoning for her past and trying to live a normal life, and Korean superstar Jung woo-sung portrays her seemingly naive husband Ah-Sheng. But the past comes bact to haunt Zeng Jing as The Dark Stone, a team of deadly assassins offers a handsome reward for her capture, driving everyone in the martial world to hunt for her. Director Su Chao-pin and John Woo bring the story to life with the stunning visuals, action, and music in a top-grade international production.
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This film has received 14 award nomination(s).
  • Asian Film Awards 2011
  • Hong Kong Films Awards 2011
    • Best Film Nomination
    • Best Director Nomination, Su Chao Pin
    • Best Supporting Actor Nomination, Wang Xue Qi
    • Best Cinematography Nomination
    • Best Film Editing Nomination
    • Best Art Direction Nomination
    • Best Costume & Make Up Design Nomination
    • Best Action Choreography Nomination
    • Best Original Film Score Nomination
    • Best Original Film Song Nomination
    • Best Visual Effects Nomination
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January 24, 2011

This professional review refers to Reign Of Assassins (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
The swordplay film gets a satisfying update with Reign of Assassins, an entertaining genre flick from writer-director Su Chao-Bin and his credited co-director, who goes by the name of John Woo (Yes, it's that John Woo!). An all-star affair with good action, a solid story, and most of all interesting and well-developed characters, Reign has obvious iconography and grand rivalries, and yet finds its joys in the most simple of things. The result is an elegant genre film that’s concerned mostly with its characters and their emotions, and yet still manages to delight, thrill and genuinely entertain. Reign of Assassins qualifies easily as one of the strongest, most enjoyable commercial films to come from China or Hong Kong in the last few years.

When Reign begins, we're introduced to Drizzle (Kelly Lin), member of assassin guild Dark Stone and master of the "Water Shedding Sword," a swordplay style that utilizes a flexible blade to flow and cut like water. Drizzle, along with comrades Lei Bin (Shawn Yue) and the Magician (Leon Dai), work for Wheel King (always excellent Wang Xueqi), with their main goal being the acquisition of the disemboweled corpse of deceased martial arts master Bodhi. It's said that whoever possesses Bodhi's complete corpse will rule the martial arts world so naturally everyone and their knife-wielding grandma is after Bodhi's halves. Drizzle and her compatriots actually find one half, murdering a court official and his son (Guo Xiaodong) to get it. However, Drizzle makes off with that half of Bodhi, leaving Wheel King and her former assassin allies in the lurch.

Drizzle disappears but quietly resurfaces with a new name and a new face that resembles Michelle Yeoh's. Now called Zeng Jing, she lives a quiet, unassuming life as a cloth seller. However, instead of fending off assassins, Zeng Jing must contend with a nosy neighbor (Bau Hei-Jing) and dopey suitors, chief among them Jiang Ah-Sheng (Korean actor Jung Woo-Sung). Ah-Sheng is so enamored of Zeng Jing that he'll even take a beating from an overweight butcher if that's what she desires. He seems like a complete tool, but something about his ardent loyalty quietly charms Zeng Jing. Meanwhile, Dark Stone continues its search for the Bodhi corpse, with one eye always on the lookout for Zeng Jing. Will Dark Stone find Zeng Jing and her new Yes, Madam visage? Will Zeng Jing give in to Ah-Sheng's charms? And who will possess the Bodhi corpse and, by extension, the power to terrorize jiang hu?

The elephant in the room: how much of Reign of Assassins should be credited to John Woo? The answer isn't clear, though the prevailing impression is that this is Su Chao-Bin's show. The director's touch can easily be seen, as the film possesses a dark sense of humor and an attention to incidental, possibly needless detail that also characterized Su's 2007 horror-thriller effort Silk. And yet, it's those very details that make Su's work rich and intriguing. Expected focus is given to lead characters Zeng Jing and Ah-Sheng, but what's unexpected and quite entertaining is the attention paid to the Dark Stone assassins. The Magician is an aging, smug showman, while Lei Bin is a thoughtful, somewhat sardonic family man, and both Leon Dai and Shawn Yue get key character moments to shine. Meanwhile, new Dark Stone recruit Turquoise Ye (a very good Barbie Hsu) is a sexually-voracious sociopath who desires both money and men. And yet she's never a completely unsympathetic villain. Su makes all his characters distinct, and he does it with such economy (quick moments of interplay, maybe one or two focused character moments) that it's admirable.

Nowhere is this truer than in the character of Wheel King. The "big bad" of the whole affair, Wheel King is after the supreme power offered by Bodhi's dead halves, but the reason why is a darkly entertaining subversion of current wuxia tropes. During the wild and wooly Hong Kong Cinema of the early 90s, it wasn't uncommon to feature off-color or tasteless details in swordplay films – and really, such content often reflected the source martial arts novels. In the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon era, the swordplay film has largely been sanitized, made grand, elegant and sometimes sensual in a manner befitting global distribution. Reign of Assassins may look Crouching Tiger-like, but its roots are definitely old school, with some straightforward, even outlandish content mixed in with the revenge storylines and high-flying martial arts. Everything old can be new again, and Reign of Assassins demonstrates that entertainingly and amusingly.

However, while Reign's content is old school, the presentation is most definitely up-to-date. The costumes, sets, cinematography and music are all Crouching Tiger (or at least Bodyguards and Assassins) level, with the sound design earning special notice for the bloops and blips that accompany Zeng Jing's Water Shedding Sword. The action isn't at the very top of the genre in that it sometimes lacks emotional or cinematic punch, but it's varied (each assassin has their own distinct weapon) and very much above par. Reign of Assassins is actually more memorable for the moments that occur before and between slashes and stabs, where the plot is turned or the characters are revealed. In many ways, it's Su Chao-Bin's storytelling that upstages the film's action. That may sound like an odd way to tell a martial arts story, but it's skillfully accomplished here.

Reign of Assassins should also be lauded for being the first proper lead role for Michelle Yeoh since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The former international queen of martial arts cinema has seen her stock drop quite a bit since her James Bond + Crouching Tiger one-two punch, with vehicles like The Touch and Silverhawk arguably hurting her leading lady cred. Indeed, Reign warns of a mismatch due to her romance with the clearly younger Jung Woo-Sung. And yet, the pairing is handled well, with Yeoh's quiet strength and maturity proving a perfect fit for Zeng Jeng. The film isn't flawless; at some points, the plot twists and revelations don't seem to entirely gel, but those moments come late in the film, far after Reign of Assassins has likely won its audience over. At first glance, the film looks like just another genre flick aimed at the west, but its old school narrative and excellent characterization make it a standout in a could-be played-out genre. Hopefully Su Chao-Bin gets another shot at this genre – and this time, he should get sole director credit. Su likely wants that credit, and Reign of Assassins demonstrates that he's earned it.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (4)

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February 8, 2011

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I was under the impression that Michelle Yeoh is not that interested in martial arts movie anymore and that she was sort of coaxed into Crouching Tiger... and then Mummy's Tomb. Perhaps I was wrong and here she is in Reign of Assassins.

With John Woo, you always know what to expect......lots of action (sometimes too much). However, I quite like his treatment in this movie cause it wasn't over the top. Dubbing is certainly there but unfortunately Michelle is not dubbed and I cannot bear her 'cantonese accented' mandarin (as was in Crouching Tiger). Having seen Musa the Warrior, I enjoy Korean actor Jung Woo Sung and am sure have come across him in either some mainland china/HKG movie.

This movie has love, greed, revenge, obsession......... worth watching!
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January 18, 2011

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worth to buy Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
what i like about this movie is,
the storyline is simple but quite meaningful, about an assassin who realised her sins and decided to live a normal life but apparently its not as easy as that-
in addition to ah sheng's secret past that eventually he able to forgive everything.

- darkstone leader has a high kungfu ability but he actually a low class rank in castle, and because of this he spent his lifetime just to pursue the relic that trust could grant his wish. *stupid, right?*
- plastic surgery existed since a very long time ago XD

i wonder if their voices dubbed, esp jung woo sung's, he's korean and his chinese here was good-so this must be dub right o_Oa
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December 15, 2010

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great! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is an excellent movie! Great viewing from start to finish. There are many standout fight scenes. The audio packed a real punch in dolby tru hd 7.1. The picture was a little soft here and there and the black levels were a bit blue looking at times on the blu ray, but i guess that could have been a style choice. A must see movie.
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December 1, 2010

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nice movie; Bad transfer ??? Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
i really enjoyed this movie ,and the story characters , ala Crouching Tiger. but i should have saved the extra 14 bucks and got it on regular disc. i found Not 1 scratch,smear nothing on the disc ,but for some reason about 65 to 70 minutes thru the movie,it seemed to move along at a f.f . pace couldn't see the footage etc. and then back to the movie, i guess about 10 minutes lost.??? then the subtitle issue ,i hope is not on the regular disc, some of my family and associates watching ,were very amused by me almost losing control (as in ticked off) they are of chinese blood ,i can speak 4 foreign languages ,ah, chinese is not 1 of them. Anyhow ,the subtitles were moving a mile a second, and to make it worse ,were not below the picture in the black area ,but on the movie itself in very light ,white colors,so very hard to read thru about 60% of the movie...,still Yes;the movie seemed good ,
would like to have seen Zhang Ziyi in this type of movie..That is all..Later..
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