Reign of Assassins [DVD]
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In ancient China, in a time of inter-clan warfare, Drizzle is the top assassin of a gang known as The Dark Stone. In order to escape from The Dark Stone and rid her life of violence and bloodshed, Drizzle decides to undergo a drastic procedure to alter her appearance, to change her name to Zeng Jing (Michelle Yeoh), and to move to the Capital. Keeping a low-profile as a shopkeeper, she falls in love with and marries a messenger (Jung Woo-Sung). However, their peaceful life is soon disrupted when Zeng s identity as Drizzle is unveiled in a dramatic fight and confrontation with The Dark Stone, who will stop at nothing in their efforts to rule the martial arts world.
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The film seemed rushed despite being close to 2 hours long. This is also evident in the subtitles which come at lightning speed. I did have to keep pausing the DVD to read them in case I missed something important.
The martial arts are good I like Yeoh's Water sheath fighting style. Basically she uses a flexible sword that wrap around an opponent's block to cut them multiple times. I thought the extra wire work was unnecessary for a star of Michelle Yeoh's martial arts pedigree. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon has a lot to answer for. Over all the fights were good but nothing spectular. Like I said I expected more. I have to say having MIchelle Yeoh and a good ending took this film from rounding 3.5 stars up to 4 for me. I would still like to rate it 3.5.
through a continuous interplay of false identities.
The plot is driven by the frenetic quest for the hallowed, mummified remains
of a monk, which still overflow with mystical Qi energy.
A dreaded cabal of assassins called "Dark Stone" has laid claim to the remains.
Under the leadership of the "Wheel King"-who is not what he seems to be-
the cabal intimidate and murder powerful government officials.
Then "Drizzle", the cabal's most skillful assassin, runs away with half
of the monk's remains. After a tragic sojourn with a Buddhist monk,
she decides to seek redemption for a life of violence.
She changes her face and her identity, and begins a new life as Zeng Jing,
a cloth merchant. She meets and falls in love with a courier called
Jiang Ah-Seng. She marries him, but then the past catches up with her:
All hell breaks loose when the "Dark Stone" discovers that Zeng Jing
is "Drizzle". The conflict impels Jiang Ah-Seng to reveal that he also
assumed a false identity, in his quest for revenge.
In the final showdown in a cemetery, a forlorn, wounded "Drizzle"
faces off against her domineering master, the "Wheel King".
There are several exciting fight scenes in the film.
The assassins of the "Dark Stone" employ radically different fighting techniques:
Lei Bin kills with needles, the "Magician" employs pyrotechnics and magical tricks,
etc. These do not overwhelm the love story. There are numerous humorous
situations, and scenes of touching tenderness and marital bliss.
Michelle Yeoh gives a superb, nuanced performance in the role of Zeng Jing/"Drizzle".
The "making of" feature included in the blu-ray is not subtitled in English.
I love the 4 weaknesses that she need to learned in order her to win:
1. Hide weak points intelligently.
2. Retain clarity of mind modestly.
3. Avoid becoming aloof and detached.
4. Retreat in order to advance.
Very good weakness to learn in real life.
Excellent movie. Highly recommended
There were at least 2 scenes I remembered from the version I watched on tv, which really brought so much more depth, insight and humour to the characters portrayed.
Most disappointed my dvd is not in tact.
Reign Of Assassins offers more than your typical action movie and has a truly heartfelt and emotionally involving plot to it. The character are great and the villain alone is reason enough to check out this movie. What's more awesome that a deadly touch and flaming swords?! The samurai battles are intense and there's plenty of them throughout. Nodding to such Asian action classics as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero there's A LOT to love about this movie.
Highly, highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ye God's this is good.
I mean really good.
So good I'm lost for words.
However I may have fallen a little in love with Michelle Yeoh
This is one of my absolutly favourite films, wow amazing fights and a really lovely subtle love story. I have watched it about 15 times and i cant get tired of it.Published 5 months ago by Connie Nielsen
This film was a satisfactory film, sometimes difficult to follow but I really enjoyed it. Can recommendPublished 11 months ago by luvyduvydoli
I know a lot of people like to over review stuff so let me simplify this. This movie is BRILLIANT my only complaint is that there isn't enough of it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Marco Gouveia