The Emperor and the Assassin

1999, History/Drama, 2h 40m

36 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Set in the 20th Century BC, "The Emperor and the Assasin" tells the story of Ying Zheng, a power-hungry heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Qin, whose only goal is to conquer the other six kingdoms existing in China, and merge them into his own, and under his rule.

Cast & Crew

Gong Li
Lady Zhao
Xuejian Li
Ying Zheng
Sun Zhou
Dan, Prince of Yan
Wang Zhi Wen
Marquis Changxin
Lu Xiaohe
General Fan Yuqi
Gu Yongfei
Queen Mother
Haifeng Ding
Qin Wuyang
Benshan Zhao
Gao Jianli
Changjiang Pan
Prison Official
Xun Zhou
Blind Girl
Chen Kaige
Executive Producer
Hiromitsu Furukawa
Executive Producer
Tsuguhiko Kadokawa
Executive Producer
Yu Bai
Line Producer
Xia Zhang
Line Producer
Fei Zhao
Cinematography
Xinxia Zhou
Film Editing
Qi Lin
Production Design
Jiping Zhao
Original Music
Tu Juhua
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  • Feb 11, 2013
    Loads of costumer details, wartime battles, and a bit of Chinese history combine to make for an interesting couple of hours as the King of Qin ignominiously struggles to unite a divided China dead set against any grand uniting schemes or dreams (imagine as if Napolean tried uniting Europe, w/o all that annoying English spoiling interference!). Along the way there's spikes in the action, time for some fingerpointing drama, Dallas/Dynasty style, but not so much so as you lose track of the mostly unknown to the West story.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2010
    Loved it....although I admit to being a little confused through some of it. Just wait until Chinese directors turn their cameras on non period pieces.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2009
    <i>The Emperor and the Assassin</i> is a historical drama, with a touch of Shakespeare, from writer and director Kaige Chen.<p>The plot does have its moments and it is interesting at times, but it is just too drawn out. The film is broken into chapters, which works out quite well with the story, however it isn't until the last chapter, which has the same title as the film, where things get really interesting. Unfortunately, this final chapter doesn't start until 2 hours and 20 minutes in. Yep, this is a long film. 2 hours and 40 minutes long. Despite having an interesting story, there needs to be more going on, like action or an upbeat tempo among other things. This film hardly has any of those, and the story, as deep as it is, can only hold for so long.</p><p>While the story does deal with the conquering of kingdoms throughout China, the action is very slim. There are no huge epic battles. Actually there are, but they are not shown. The film focuses more on the characters themselves.</p><p>The acting is good. Gong Li, Fengyi Zhang, and Xuejian Li all carry this film with ease. Kaige Chen even finds a role for himself to play. Also, be on the lookout for a young Zhou Xun.</p><p><i>The Emperor and the Assassin</i> isn't a waste of time, however fans that can appreciate a good story, with little in the way of action, may find this enjoyable.
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2008
    gorgeous epic about china's first emperor, every bit as good as hero and said to be more historically accurate. also it's almost 3 hours long but it's a complicated story! and it's not really a wuxia film
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