Reign Of Assassins 2010 movies review

Reign of Assassins is a 2010 wuxia film directed by Su Chao-pin and co-directed by John Woo. The film is shot in China and set during the Ming Dynasty. The film stars Michelle Yeoh, who plays an assassin who tries to return to a normal life after being counseled by a monk. After saving her husband and herself from robbers, she attracts the attention of her former assassin gang.

The film began production on October 30 and was shot in China and Taiwan. While shooting, John Woo was on set continually advising director Su Chao-pin, which led to Woo being credited as a co-director. On September 3, 2010, Reign of Assassins had its premiere at the 67th annual Venice Film Festival, where it met acclaim from critics. It premiered in China on September 28, 2010, and was purchased by The Weinstein Company for North American release rights and by Lionsgate for United Kingdom release rights.

The story begins with a tale of a legendary Indian Buddhist monk, Bodhi and the belief that his mummified remains have mystical powers, able to grant control of the martial-arts world to their possessor. The monk’s corpse is stolen and cut in half.

The Dark Stone gang, learning that half of the remains are in Prime Minister Zhang’s hands, sends assassins to retrieve it. They kill him and his son Renfeng. Dark Stone’s top assassin is Drizzle (Kelly Lin), a beautiful woman who was personally trained by the Dark Stone gang’s leader, Wheel King (Wang Xueqi). However, she steals the remains and flees. Renfeng pursues her and she stabs him, leaving him for dead. She meets an accomplished martial artist named Wisdom. He doesn’t agree with Drizzle’s murderous ways and asks her to repent. He declares that he is going to turn into a Monk and pray for her. Drizzle, after having spent three months with Wisdom, becomes enraged and threatens to kill everyone at Wisdom’s temple. They break into a fight and Wisdom shows Drizzle that her swordsmanship has four fatal flaws. After this, he sacrifices himself and allows Drizzle to kill him.

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