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After the loss of his family during a deadly massacre, a martial arts warrior joins forces with a beautiful sword-wielding female martial artist as they seek revenge against the powerful royal family.

Product Details

  • Actors: Huynh Dong, Midu, Khuong Ngoc
  • Directors: Victor Wu
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Vietnamese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Epic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2014
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H47IWES
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Vietnamese martial arts actioner "Sword of the Assassin" is one of those films that deserves to be embraced by a wider audience, but perhaps should not be oversold as a brilliant new epic. It's worth seeing, for sure, but it is fairly uneven in tone (especially toward the beginning). That said, I think its charms will sneak up on you if you aren't coming into the experience loaded with preconceived ideas. Released in 2012, Vu's film opened with the less generic title of "Blood Letter" and the new moniker "Sword of the Assassin" doesn't do much to distinguish it from the crowded martial arts film field. And that's a shame because the story it tells is far more interesting and complex than comparable fare. The film was a critical success in Vietnam winning a fist full of Golden Kite Awards including Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Sound. This bold endeavor, cited as one of the most expensive movies ever made in its native land, boast interesting visuals, good effects and fight sequences, and a terrifically twisty saga spanning two decades of political intrigue.

The movie successfully combines elements of various genres and even introduces a touch of fantasy in its opening moments. The story begins when a young boy takes up residence in a monastery. His parents were executed due to suspicions surrounding the death of the reigning monarch. Twelve years later, when that boy is a bona fide warrior, he begins to piece together a complicated back story about his family and vows to discover the truth. On his journey, he meets contemporary power players, others that were victimized by events from long ago, and various factions that both seek to uncover and/or cover-up the truth of what happened twelve years prior.
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The Vietnamese martial arts actioner "Sword of the Assassin" is one of those films that deserves to be embraced by a wider audience, but perhaps should not be oversold as a brilliant new epic. It's worth seeing, for sure, but it is fairly uneven in tone (especially toward the beginning). That said, I think its charms will sneak up on you if you aren't coming into the experience loaded with preconceived ideas. Released in 2012, Vu's film opened with the less generic title of "Blood Letter" and the new moniker "Sword of the Assassin" doesn't do much to distinguish it from the crowded martial arts film field. And that's a shame because the story it tells is far more interesting and complex than comparable fare. The film was a critical success in Vietnam winning a fist full of Golden Kite Awards including Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Sound. This bold endeavor, cited as one of the most expensive movies ever made in its native land, boast interesting visuals, good effects and fight sequences, and a terrifically twisty saga spanning two decades of political intrigue.

The movie successfully combines elements of various genres and even introduces a touch of fantasy in its opening moments. The story begins when a young boy takes up residence in a monastery. His parents were executed due to suspicions surrounding the death of the reigning monarch. Twelve years later, when that boy is a bona fide warrior, he begins to piece together a complicated back story about his family and vows to discover the truth. On his journey, he meets contemporary power players, others that were victimized by events from long ago, and various factions that both seek to uncover and/or cover-up the truth of what happened twelve years prior.
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There is a veritable treasure trove of Eastern (i.e. Asian, Japanese, Chinese, and other national or cultural influences) that deserve to find wider recognition within the United States, and – for the life of me – I’ve never understood why. To a certain degree, I can understand why some audiences shy away from motion pictures with subtitles, but when the quality is there I think viewers would understandably embrace these films because their lessons tend to be universal. In fact, I’d argue that films like SWORD OF THE ASSASSIN have most of the ingredients people want in a story – there’s always a bit of magic, mystery, and mysticism wrapped around a central story that inevitably boils down to a grand ol’ good-versus-evil battle to the finish.

What more could one want?

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)

As a young child, Nguyen Vu (played by Hyunh Dong) washes ashore on a lake adjoining a temple guarded over by a lone monk. Raised in this solitude, all the youngster has to occupy his time is the perfecting of his martial arts – it would seem that Vu has been gifted with some great abilities, yet he’s been unable to bring them under his control. Twelve years later, the monk reveals to the young man the true past, that he’s the last survivor of a family sentenced to death by royal decree; and, if he is to finally find peace in this world, he will have to confront this evil and allow his ancestors some comfort in the afterlife.
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