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The Emperor and the Assassin (1999)

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Original title: Jing ke ci qin wang

Release Date
 USA: Dec 17, 1999
 UK: 21 Jul 2000
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 13, 2000

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Running Time
2 hours, 43 minutes

Country France, Japan, China

Studio Beijing Film Studio, Canal Plus, China Film Co-Production Corporation, NDF International, New Wave Company, Pricel, ShinCine

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Other Titles
• The Emperor and the Assassin (1999)
• The Assassin (1999)
• The First Emperor (1999)

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Genre: Drama, Epic, Experimental, Love Triangle

Plot: In the third century B.C., Ying Zheng (Li Xuejian), the powerful king of Qin province, struggles to unify China and become the country's first emperor. In an effort to make himself seem untouchable, he sends his lover, Lady Zhao (Gong Li), to her homeland, Han, to recruit a professional killer who will intentionally botch an assassination attempt on him. Once in Han, Zhao meets Jing Ke (Fengyi Zhang), an infamous assassin who has given up the sword. Zhao's plans change after Ying begins ruling with an increasingly brutal hand--and she starts to fall in love with Jing. Shakespearean in its riveting presentation of tragic power plays on the battlefield and behind the closed doors of royal chambers and featuring wondrous costume and set designs that breathe life into a magnificent chapter of China's rich history, Chen Kaige's film--at the time of its release the most expensive ever produced in his home country--is a sweeping, beautifully shot, visionary epic.

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 Directed by
Kaige Chen
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 Written by
Kaige Chen
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 Music By
Jiping Zhao
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