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Product Title: The Assassin (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 大刺客 (DVD) (香港版) 大刺客 (DVD) (香港版) 大刺客 (DVD) The Assassin (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jimmy Wang | Lisa Chiao Chiao | Tien Feng | Li Hsiang Chun | Wong Zung Seon | Chang Cheh 王羽 | 焦姣 | 田豐 | 李香君 | 黃宗迅 | 張徹 王羽 | 焦姣 | 田丰 | 李香君 | 黄宗迅 | 张彻 王羽(ジミー・ウォング) | Lisa Chiao Chiao | 田豊(ティエン・ファン) | Li Hsiang Chun | Wong Zung Seon | 張徹(チャン・ツェー) Jimmy Wang | Lisa Chiao Chiao | Tien Feng | Li Hsiang Chun | Wong Zung Seon | Chang Cheh
Release Date: 2004-12-30
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 112 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003944264

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* Screen Format: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
* Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
* DVD Type: N/A
* Extras:
- 幕後花絮 Behind-The-Scenes
- 本片預告 Trailer
- 精選猛片預告 Other Releases
- 劇照 Color Stills
- 原裝海報 Original Poster
- 電影簡介 Production Notes
- 演員╱導演簡介 Biography & Selected Filmography
- 特別收錄 Special Features
 1. 登峰造極 - 張徹
 2. 《廣陵散》

導演:張徹
Director: Chang Cheh

  就在此年,張徹以《獨臂刀》及這部《大刺客》掀開了武俠片的新世紀!戰國時代,秦國最強,餘國勢弱。韓君哀侯(金童),受制皇叔韓傀(黃宗迅),客卿嚴遂(田豐),忠肝義膽,遭韓所忌!魏國聶政(王羽),習劍於吳忌門下,與吳使女夏嬰(焦姣)相愛。聶因事為師報仇後,隱居齊國,以屠為生!嚴於齊國找得聶,二人結為兄弟。逾數載,聶喪母,其姊榮(李香君)亦出閣,聶決為國捐軀,往找嚴;並慨然應允刺殺韓!行事前,聶往找夏,二人度過數日歡樂時光。東孟大會,聶刺斃韓,自知難以倖免,挖目剖腹自盡。榮為讓聶名留青史,往認屍後用剪自戕。夏為保聶一點精血,隱姓埋名。殘暴及死亡,落在張徹手上昇華成獨特美學,加上令人肅然起敬的英雄主義,影響後世深遠,連吳宇森也揚言:「沒有張徹沒有我!」

  In the same year director/writer Chang Cheh and star Jimmy Wang Yu revolutionized Hong Kong kung-fu cinema with One-Armed Swordsman, they also collaborated on this epic of the Six Kingdoms era. Here, Yu is a two-armed swordsman who is betrayed by a jealous rival, but initially seeks a life of simple pleasures until an accidental meeting with another patriot sets him back on the road to bloody, brutal vengeance.
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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (2)

Kevin Kennedy
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June 9, 2009

Not your typical Chang Cheh flick Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
With "The Assassin", I was expecting to find yet another Chang Cheh actioner filled with male bonding and heroic bloodshed. While there naturally is some of that, this turns out to be quite a different kind of movie. "The Assassin" might best be characterized as a kind of dramatic character study, revealing the events which shape the kind of person who is willing to give up his life in the pursuit of a noble cause. The story is loosely based upon one of the episode's described in Sima Qian's "Records of the Grand Historian", with the events taking place during China's Warring States period.

The evil Han state is threatening to overwhelm its neighbors. Wang Yu plays a young man who secretly joins a martial arts school that is training young men to fight against the Hans. Wang Yu and the daughter (Chiao Chiao) of the martial arts master have been sweethearts since childhood, but another student at the school -- a rich nobleman's son -- seeks to have Chiao Chiao for himself. When she refuses his advances, his disappointment leads to treachery, which leads to the murder of the martial arts master and consequences which underlie the rest of the film's action. After the attack on his martial arts school and the murder of his master, Wang Yu and his family flee, with Wang Yu ending up as a very unhappy butcher, tethered to his job by his sense of filial duty to his mother, but yearning for bigger things. When the wealthy Yen finds him and calls on him for a fateful mission against the Hans, Wang Yu is ready to embrace the challenge.

This remastered version of the movie looks and sounds absolutely spectacular. I suspect that the film's striking incidental music is newly recorded; it doesn't sound like film music typical of the era when this movie was made. Chang Cheh employs interesting cinematic techniques and allows the film to unfold at a deliberate pace that may seem slow to action movie fans, but allows for a richer character development than we typically associate with Chang's films. Chiao Chiao is a standout in her romantic role. This is not your typical Chang Cheh fightfest; for the most part, its action scenes appear only at the beginning and end of the film. However, I loved the rich atmosphere, the strong characters, and the powerful themes of this engrossing Shaw Brothers classic.
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Anonymous

January 30, 2005

Assassin Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This acclaimed Chang Cheh's classics is quite draggy as compared to his other classics like the One Armed Swordsman. However, it has its historical value. Jimmy Wang Yu's role as usual is heroic and this time he fought to death in the end. Quite worthy watching for Jimmy's fans.
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