• Sep 16
  • Posted by Deljhp - 16/09/13 at 07:55 AM

Director: Zhao Lin Shan. Review: Adam Wing.

An epic tale of love, power and betrayal, The Assassins is another big screen account of the life and times of Cao Cao. Forgive us for lacking excitement over here, Cao Cao has appeared in more films than Samuel L. Jackson, though I'm pretty sure his box office success pales by comparison; he wouldn't quite cut it with a purple lightsaber either.

In the early era of the Chinese Han Dynasty, Prime Minister Cao Cao (Chow Yun Fat) ventured to the east and savagely defeated China's greatest warrior, Lv Bu. He terrified every warlord in the country and crowned himself King of Wei. Meanwhile, young lovers Mu Shun (Tamaki Hiroshi) and Ling Jv (Crystal Liu Yi Fei) were taken from a prison camp to a hidden tomb where they spent five cruel years being trained as assassins for a secret mission.

The Assassins is the directorial debut of advertising director Zhao Lin Shan, brought to life by Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Zhao Xiao Ding, who has worked as Zhang Yimou's cinematographer since House of Flying Daggers. Chow Yun Fat takes on the role of Cao Cao, supported by a cast that includes Alec Su (The Message), Ni Dahong (A Simple Noodle Story) and Annie Yi (My Kingdom). The Assassins is available on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.K. courtesy of Universal Pictures...Continue review.

The Assassins trailer


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