Jianyu (Reign of Assassins)
Jianyu (Reign of Assassins) (2010)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 31, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2016
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Philip French
Observer (UK)

After a decent enough opening it becomes a fairly ordinary affair, the principal attraction residing in the heroine's weirdly flexible sword.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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".

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Owen Williams
Empire Magazine

Come for the crunching fight sequences and balletic wire-fu, stay for some surprisingly affecting character moments.

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Jamie Healy
Radio Times

A female warrior attempts to leave her killing days behind in this polished but overblown Chinese period swordplay adventure.

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Peter Bradshaw

A John Woo-chaperoned, Michelle Yeoh-starring martial arts adventure is a bit run-of-the-mill.

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Eddie Harrison
The List

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.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

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.

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Jennifer Tate

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.

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Stephen Kelly
Total Film

This is fun and well-paced with fight sequences that, while not exactly screaming "Woo", still manage to dance off the screen.

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Tsubaki Sanjuro
Holy shit, has wuxia cinema truly make a comeback? Reign of Assassins is a very well crafted film, with an engaging plot and well written characters. Some fight… More
Dean McKenna
Dazzling martial-arts epic. <i>Mr. & Mrs. Smith</i> meets <i>Face/Off</i> in this Chinese swordplay epic where killers yearn for… More
Sheldon Chau
A solid story with interesting characters and impressive choreography helps propel REIGN OF ASSASSINS onto a level of filmmaking seen very rarely in Chinese… More
JY Skacto
The tandem of Chao-bin Su and John Woo pays off, as <i>Reign of Assassins</i> turns out to be a superb martial arts period piece.<p>While… More
Jonny Crumley
Good martial arts movie from John Woo starring Asian Screen Goddess Michelle Yeoh. Set in ancient China, Zeng Jing is a skilled assassin who finds herself in… More