The Assassins [Blu-ray]
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From a cinematic perspective, I thought cinematographer, Zhao Xiao Ding's, use of muted colors along with bright colors to capture the mood was particularly well done. And as a directorial debut for Zhao Lin Shan, the film was good, but not quite on par with films like 'House of Flying Daggers' or 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'.
Finally, 'Assassins' would have benefitted from a better developed romance between Mu Shun and Ling Ju, particularly as it relates to Mu Shun's role. However, from a political intrigue perspective, it was quite well done. I also liked the inclusion of Chinese opera, it added an emotionally poignant punch at the end.
I think 'Assassins' is probably worth watching at least once, but not a film you will come back to again. (3 1/2 stars)
This movie is about the story of Cao Cao, played by Chow Yun Fat. I've watched a couple of movies regarding the Three kingdoms of China so I sort of picked up some of the history between the movies and reading what I can about it. The last movie that I saw that showed Cao Cao in a negative light was Red Cliff (by the way, an excellent movie to watch if you like this time period ) so for some reason I had that mental picture of Cao Cao in my mind for this movie. This movie spun off a different view of Cao Cao which had me rooting for him. Interesting since I was predisposed to disliking him based on what I knew. Chow Yun Fat, was as always, amazing an that was probably what got me. He is such a gifted actor that I'm always blown away by how he interprets and portrays the characters that he is playing. He IS the character and I forget that he is just Chow Yun Fat in a costume. Very multi-dimensional picture of his character- which for me kept me interested in his acting more so the movie. There was also a great supporting cast. I've seen a lot of Crystal Liu Fei in her mainland television series and most of her movies so I wasn't particularly very surprised by her performance. The others I was unfamiliar with but I can't say that I was disappointed at all with the cast.Read more ›
A man who has been portrayed as cruel in order to achieve dominance in China and thus looked at as a tyrant, he is also praised as a military genius. But while historians will forever debate Cao Cao and many loose film adaptations continue to be created on historical figures, in today's modern age, you tend to watch these films and not take it so much as factual history but as entertainment.
And who best to write the film than Bin Wang ("House of Flying Daggers", "Hero") and feature the work of director Linshan Zhao. And for marketability, cast as Cao Cao is actor Chow Yun-Fat ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", "The Killer", "Hard Boiled", "Curse of the Golden Flower"), to promote the film overseas, Japanese actor Hiroshi Tamaki ("Nodame Cantabile", "Last Christmas", "Waterboys") was also cast as the character Mu Shun and cast for the female lead of Ling Ju is up-and-coming actress Crystal Liu Yi Fei ("White Vengeance", "The Forbidden Kingdom").
"The Assassins" is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:35:1 aspect ratio) with beautiful cinematography by Xiaoding Zhao ("House of the Flying Daggers", "Curse of the Golden Flower", "The Flowers of War"). With that being said, it looks like there was quite a bit of experimentation on colors. For one, the film looks great when it showcases more blues or even the red dress of Lingju. Picture quality also has some softness and the occasional white specks (which was actually surprising considering this film was released in theaters less than four months ago. But while the film is not the most detailed in HD, it does look good most of the time.Read more ›
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The Trailer is better than the movie in it's completion I don't regret purchase it because I am trying to learn as much I can about my paternal ancestors the Han Chinese that's... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Muhammad Rashid Aliyu
Knowing some history of Cao Cao, I understand some of the why's... e.g., constant headache, reputation for brutality, even about the idiot emperor. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Perladel Mueller
I thought this was going to be a great Chinese drama, but something must have been lost in translation. I could not, for the life of me, figure out why Ling Ju loved Mu Shun. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kat D
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