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R| 2 hr. 40 min.

Plot Summary
Set in the 20th Century BC, "The Emperor and the Assasin" tells the story of Ying Zheng, a power-hungry heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Qin, whose only goal is to conquer the other six kingdoms existing in China, and merge them into his own, and under his rule.

Cast: Li Gong , Zhang Fengyi , Xuejian Li , Sun Zhou , Wang Zhiwen , Chen Kaige , Lu Xiaohe , Gu Yongfei

Director: Kaige Chen

Genres: Historical drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

The Emperor and the Assassin (1999)

Release Date: December 10th, 1999|2 hr. 40 min.

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  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    The look of the film is first class, with muted colors but deep textures, the opposite of historical kitsch. show more

  • 38
    Staff [Not Credited] USA Today

    A quagmire that reportedly has undergone multiple edits to reach its current incomprehensible state. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    A gorgeous, gory epic, is a blow-your-mind masterpiece about the emperor who ruled more than 2,000 years ago. show more

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