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-C–E! Visually dazzling and character-rich historical epic. Not all new, but invigorating.
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.