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The Emperor and the Assassin

This lavishly produced, epic historical drama is set in the third century B.C. and tells the multi-faceted story of the man who became the first Emperor of a unified China, another man who has sworn to kill him and a woman who is loved by both men. China's longest-reigning angry young filmmaker, Chen Kaige ('Farewell My Concubine'). shows his amazing eye for huge tapestries in this glorious mix of DeMille and Dostoyevsky, and the cast of thousands splendour of a biblical epic. Not to be missed.

Year: 1999
Genre: Chinese Cinema, Paul's Favourites, Film Festivals 2000, Best of the 1990s, Royalty, Action
Country: China
Director: Chen Kaige
Starring: Gong Li, Zhang Fengyi, Li Xuejian, Sun Zhou, Lu Xiaohe, Wang Zhiwen
Duration: 154 Minutes
Rating: R - Contains violence.
Subtitles: Yes
7.3/10
Location in store: Foreign (China)

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