Jianyu (Reign of Assassins)
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Jianyu (Reign of Assassins)
Elusive assassin Drizzle transforms herself into modest shop owner Zeng Jing (Michelle Yeoh) in order to transport the remains of an exalted Buddhist monk to their eternal resting place, but finds her mission unexpectedly complicated when she falls in love with Jiang, a fierce warrior posing as a typical messenger. According to legend, the monk's remains possess untold powers. In order to ensure that they do not fall into the possession of the Dark Stone gang, the former killer goes into deep hiding. Adopting the name Zeng Jing, she marries Ah-Sheng (Woo-sung Jung) and together the couple… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"After a decent enough opening it becomes a fairly ordinary affair, the principal attraction residing in the heroine's weirdly flexible sword."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"the film uses its wire-fu trappings to allegorise Buddhist notions of self-transformation in a world of illusions. Throw in some inventive chopsocky tempered by romance, and you have a fatalistic wuxia about the martial pursuit of a "normal life"."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Come for the crunching fight sequences and balletic wire-fu, stay for some surprisingly affecting character moments."
‑ Owen Williams, Empire Magazine
"Reign of Assassins offers plenty of exciting sequences, but it frustratingly never fully delivers what it promises to."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"A female warrior attempts to leave her killing days behind in this polished but overblown Chinese period swordplay adventure."
‑ Jamie Healy, Radio Times
"A John Woo-chaperoned, Michelle Yeoh-starring martial arts adventure is a bit run-of-the-mill."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"There's little about Chao-Bin's other work to suggest the splendidly choreographed ballets of swordplay that feature here, with Woo's dexterous hand obvious in the fight scenes."
‑ Eddie Harrison, The List
"The flashing blades and swirling choreography of the endless fight scenes and the charisma of Yeoh keep you engaged but the end result falls far short of her Crouching Tiger triumph a decade ago."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Although it drags on a little too long, this Chinese martial arts flick is thoroughly entertaining, thanks to its even pace, strong performances and impressive choreography."
‑ Jennifer Tate, ViewLondon
"This is fun and well-paced with fight sequences that, while not exactly screaming "Woo", still manage to dance off the screen."
‑ Stephen Kelly, Total Film
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