The Assassins (Tong que tai) Reviews
This us another one of those confusing Oriental movies that are hard to follow but the main concept is quite simple, everyone wants to murder Cao Cao (Chow Yun-Fat). There's also a love story running throughout the movie which is pretty straight forward but the rest of the storyline, went straight over my head. When the true reason, why Cao Cao is so evil, is revealed, I honestly didn't understand what the movie was truly about but it scores top marks for authenticity and cinematography, like many of the other Oriental movies I have watched lately. The costumes are truly amazing, especially Cao Cao's detailed armour and I'm happy to say that the DVD carries a dubbed version, so you don't have to worry about annoying subtitles. The action scenes were also impressive because they seemed real for that day and age but I really don't know why the director had to over complicate the storyline. Anyway, it's a watchable film, mainly for the great performance from Yun-Fat and the fear that he put in the people around him but the ending was a right mess. Watchable!¬†
This is the only movie directed by Linshan Zhao so it's hard to compare her other projects to this one but the writer, Bin Wang, also wrote House of Flying Daggers and Hero with Jet Li. I'm beginning to realise that a lot of these Oriental directors, certainly like to over complicate there movies with pointless detail which is, usually unnecessary. Maybe it's because I'm used to basic concepts from the Western market, why I'm finding it hard to get to grips with the these detailed storylines and I must admit, my mind does switch off once I have to read subtitles and try and keep up with movies. Anyway, I was expecting this to be an action movie, with a name like the Assassin's but it turned out to be an intense drama which I'm am in two minds about.
I recommend this movie to people who are into their history/drama starring Chow Yun-Fat, Yifei Liu, Xinyi Zhang and Hiroshi Tamaki. 5/10
1. Chinese film makers DO NOT believe in the theory of gravity or the basics of Physics. I saw people flying through the air because they pulled hard on a rope and a whole bunch of other stupid stuff.
2. Bad guys like to rape. If you're the bad guy, you must rape someone. It's science...wait, they don't like science.
Los hijos de dichos enemigos son juntados en el orfanatorio del infierno y entrenados en las altas artes marciales con el fin de poner fin a la vida de cao cao con metodos tan extremos que al que le toca disfrazarse de eunuco le dejan la voz aguda por el resto de sus dias.
Una historia prodigiosamente ambientada pero que a veces es laaaarga como la cuaresma y que si no te a familiarizas un poco con la historia de este legendario general chino batallaras un poco para seguir los 6,500 nombres que cruzan por enfrente de ti
vale la pena invertirle el tiempo si las movies de periodo antiguo chino te gustan, yun fat chow como desd ehace rato da una actuacion elegante y digna pero eso de que es el ALaurence Olivier de los actores chinos ya se lo creyo un poco.
Vean la , disfrutenla, diganme que piensan.
A fictionalized account of the events leading to the fall of the Eastern Han Dynasty in 220 CE, as seen primarily from the point of view of Gong Ling Ju-one of many refugees abducted as children, then brutally trained for a decade solely to murder the powerful Duke of Wei, Chancellor Cao Cao. A military genius, adored king, scholar and poet, Cao Cao has been unswervingly loyal to the Han, even feckless current Emperor Xian. But an astrological prediction cast years before foretells that Cao's destiny is to end the Han era-and Xian's courtiers will stop at nothing to thwart "heaven's will". Might their sneak attacks and murder plots only push Chancellor Cao into the rebellion they want to prevent? Or might Cao's growing affection for and trust in his concubine, Ling Ju, prove the weakness that gives her an opportunity to kill her lover?
Solid performances, gorgeous cinematography, and a taut script weaving spectacle with reflection make
TONG QUE TAI a skillfully wrought Asian history-based drama.