The Emperor and the Assassin (Jing Ke ci Qin Wang)
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The Emperor and the Assassin (Jing Ke ci Qin Wang)
A lavishly produced historical drama from China, Jing Ke Ci Qin Wang/The Emperor and the Assassin tells the complex, multi-facetted story of the man who became the first Emperor of a unified China, another man who has sworn to kill him, and a woman who is loved by both men. Late in the Third Century B.C., when China was comprised of seven rival kingdoms, Ying Zheng (Li Xuejian) was the leader of Qin. Ying Zheng had a dream in which he joined together the seven kingdoms into a single utopian state, and taking this as a mandate from God, he invaded the nearby state of Han as the first step… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...full of sweeping battles and scenes of sometimes confusing palace intrigue"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Works so hard at being big and important that it all but shuts out small gesture."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Beautiful, baffling and boring."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"It's hard to argue against such a melodramatic approach when such palpable, haunting emotion is created."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A Shakespearian tale about China's genesis as a unified empire."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Chen mixes in rich details and politics to make it all come alive and seem relevant."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Chen's is a blazing, exceptional entertainment."
‑ Peter Henne, Film Journal International
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