The Emperor and the Assassin
aka Jing Ke ci Qin Wang
First screened in May 2020
Director: Chen Kaige. Cast: Li Xuejian, Gong Li, Zhang Fengyi, Wang Zhiwen, Sun Zhou, Chen Kaige, Gu Yongfei, Lü Xiaohe, Zhou Xun, Zhao Benshan, Ding Haifeng. Screenplay: Chen Kaige and Wang Peigong.

Twitter Capsule: O-P-U-L-E-N-CE! Visually dazzling and character-rich historical epic. Not all new, but invigorating.

VOR:   Less complex than Chen's best-known film, Farewell, My Concubine, but hits all targets in often stodgy genre of panoramic, action-driven period spectacular.

Photo © 1998 New Wave Company/Beijing Film Company, © 1999 Sony Pictures Classics

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Cannes Film Festival: Technical Grand Prize (Tu Juhua, production designer)

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