The Emperor and the Assassin (Jing Ke ci Qin Wang)
The Emperor and the Assassin (Jing Ke ci Qin Wang) (1998)

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… More

Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: November 14, 1998
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Also Available On

Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...full of sweeping battles and scenes of sometimes confusing palace intrigue

Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Works so hard at being big and important that it all but shuts out small gesture.

Full review…
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Beautiful, baffling and boring.

Full review…
Michael Dequina

It's hard to argue against such a melodramatic approach when such palpable, haunting emotion is created.

Full review…
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A Shakespearian tale about China's genesis as a unified empire.

Full review…
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Chen mixes in rich details and politics to make it all come alive and seem relevant.

Full review…
Peter Henne
Film Journal International

Chen's is a blazing, exceptional entertainment.

Full review…

Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
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… More
danny d
interesting and powerful, gong li is beautiful in this film
JY Skacto
<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… More
John Ballantine
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.
Stella Dallas
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… More
Donna Dawson
Too long, but romantic and the beautiful music makes it better to this chinese love story. ( More details later) :D