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Reign Of Assassins [2010, HK] DVD

4.4 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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Set in ancient China, Zeng Jing is a skilled assassin who finds herself in possession of a mystical Buddhist monk's remains. She begins a quest to return the remains to its rightful resting place, and thus places herself in mortal danger because a team of assassins is in a deadly pursuit to possess the remains which holds an ancient power-wielding secret.

This DVD features Mandarin and Cantonese audio with removable English subtitles. It has an anamorphic widescreen transfer, Dolby 5.1 and dts 5.1 sound, and is on a dual layer DVD for maximum picture quality. Special features include a trailer and "Making Of" documentary.

Running time is an uncut 120 minutes.


Product Details

  • Actors: Michelle Yeoh, Woo Sung Jung, Kelly Lin, Shawn Yue
  • Directors: John Woo
  • Format: Import, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 7885142515
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,477 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Wow, can you believe Michelle Yeoh is pushing 50? Never would have guessed. She looks great, and is in top form in this movie. John Woo is hopefully done with the Hollywood scene and is back making movies like this his fans want to see. Great movie. This DVD is great also. Excellent picture. Subtitles are a tad small, but very readable.
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Does Michelle Yeoh ever age? She looks just as good as she did 20 something years ago in ROYAL WARRIORS. Its good to see John Woo is back directing movies in Asia again. He seems to be more creative when working with a limited budget as opposed to the 100 million dollar budgets he's given in Hollywood. Basically if you enjoyed movies like FIST OF LEGEND, IRON MONKEY, FONG SAI YUK, or HERO you'll like this. This may be classified as a Wuxia movie, but nothing is really over the top and unbelievable like CROUCHING TIGER, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, ETC. Cinematography and nearly all of the fight scenes are excellent. This DVD is also great with a great picture and sound. Special features consist of a "making of" documentary and the official trailer.
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If you favor classic wuxia cinema... if you're partial to movies showcasing martial chivalry... if you've got a yen for Michelle Yeoh... then find a way to nab a copy of REIGN OF ASSASSINS. Michelle Yeoh is pushing fifty at this stage in her career, but damn if she's still not holding it down for all the badasss female martial artists in film.

The plot unfolds like so: In ancient China, the enlightened Monk Bodhi journeyed from India to China. And such was his spiritual aura and such was his mastery of kung-fu that when he perished, rumors circulated that whosoever possesses and studies his remains will gain the secrets of the martial arts universe. But then the Monk Bodhi's dessicated corpse was split into two halves.

800 years later (but still very much in ancient China), the story proper opens with the introduction of the Dark Stone guild, a team of elite assassins that had just procured one half of what's left of Monk Bodhi. Except that it's a fleeting possession. Shockingly, one of their own, the Dark Stone killer known as Drizzle (Kelly Lin), steals away with the half and successfully vanishes, never mind the gnashing of teeth by the Dark Stone leader, the Wheel King... and never mind the copious bounties placed on Drizzle's head.

The magic of cinema allows us insight the Dark Stone guild would kill to have. We eyeball Drizzle as she undergoes cosmetic surgery and wakes up with a new face, a new identity. But, wait, before that, she gets schooled by a wise monk who reveals the weaknesses to her signature 41-stroke Water-Shedding Sword technique. Drizzle, you see, earned her name because of this dazzling maneuver, comprising a barrage of slashes executed so expertly and so quickly, it seems as if her victims had been sliced up by drizzling rain.
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The remains of a legendary Buddhist monk are reputed to have mystical powers, including healing any type of injury. The body has been split in half with the Dark Stone Assassins, led by the Wheel King (Wang Xuqei), possessing one portion and have located the other belonging to Prime Minister Zhang. The Wheel King's top assassins, The Magician (Leon Dai), Lei Bin (Shawn Yue) and Drizzle (Kelly Lin) murder the entire family, including the eldest son Renfeng. Drizzle, named for her martial arts style that 'bleeds opponents like rain', steals the remains and hides in the company of a monk named Wisdom. Wisdom explains there are flaws in Drizzle's technique that a master can exploit, and sacrifices himself to try to teach her enlightenment. A disillusioned Drizzle is challenged by Renfeng, who survived the slaughter, but is again defeated. Drizzle undergoes plastic surgery from a renowned doctor and emerges as Zeng Jing (a slightly digitized Michelle Yeoh) and relocates to a new town where she meets Ah-Sheng (Jung Woo-Sung), a courier, whom she eventually marries.

To replace Drizzle, the Wheel King recruits Turquoise (Barbie Hsu), a sociopath and nymphomaniac who killed her husband and his family on her wedding night because he couldn't perform. Turquoise is teamed with the Magician and Lei Bin as they hunt for their former associate. A chance encounter leads the Dark Stone Assassins to Zeng/Drizzle and she tries to negotiate her freedom for the remains. But the lure of power proves there's no honor among thieves as long-standing grudges resurface and the assassins battle both her and each other. The Wheel King makes off with the prize while Lei Bin and Turquoise follow the wounded Zeng to her home only to be met by Ah-Sheng, who has a few surprises of his own up his sleeve.
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If you want your martial arts movie to have non-stop martial arts, this may not be the movie for you. BUT, if you are a Michelle Yeoh fan and like a good story, it may pleasantly fill a couple of hours. I'm also a Jung Woo Sung and enjoyed the chemistry between these two leads. Yes, romance and martial arts in a movie with a good story. Other than that I won't give anything away.
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The product pictured is the authentic Region-3 DVD from Hong Kong. It ships in a nice slipcase and is from Mega Star. The product I received is a cheap bootleg with terrible video and audio that came in a cheesy broken case with poor photocopied artwork. It also didn't have the "making of" documentary the authentic DVD was supposed to have.
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