Reign of Assassins

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Directed by Su Chao-Pin under the guidance of high-impact genre guru John Woo, this 2010 wuxia (Chinese period martial arts actioner) is a satisfying addition to the genre, which gained Western popularity with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. That film’s star, Michelle Yeoh, plays an assassin-turned-housewife whose past – wait for it – comes back to haunt her thanks to intrigue involving a league of killers and the mystical mummified body of a Shaolin monk. The plot is of less importance than the impressively choreographed action scenes, which are distinguished by Yeoh’s mastery of a peculiarly wobbly sword, and a tricksy exploration of motifs around identity and karma. Everyone here has something to hide and something to atone for. The relationship between Yeoh’s Zeng Jing and her humble husband Jiang A-Sheng (Jung Woo-Sung) has its moments, though more of the sweetly domesticated kind than crackling chemistry.

Not, in the end, a film to linger in the mind but still a solidly enjoyable genre outing.

By Ben Walters
Time Out Doha,

Reign of Assassins

  • Duration: 117
  • Released: Wed, 28 May
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English,Mandarin
  • Director: Chao-Bin Su
  • Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Woo-sung Jung, Xueqi Wang

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