The Emperor and the Assassin

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  • R
  • 1998
  • 2 hr 42 min
  • 7.2  (5,960)
  • 75

The Emperor and the Assassin was released in 1998 in China. The film was later brought to the United States and Europe and released in theaters. The film is a historical drama set in China during the reign and political campaigns of Qin Shi Huang, or Ying Zheng, around 221 B.C. It was directed by Chen Kaige, produced by Beijing Film Studio, and distributed by China Star Entertainment Group, Sony Pictures Classics, and Columbia Pictures. The film stars Gong Li as Lady Zhao, Zhang Fengyi as Jing Ke, and Li Xuejian as Ying Zheng. Ying Zheng, China’s first emperor, is controversially portrayed as a conqueror who desires peace through country-wide unification. To achieve his goal, Zheng sends his concubine, Lady Zhao, to find an assassin from Yan, the final state that Zheng must conquer, who will attempt to take Zheng’s life in a ruse. The Emperor and the Assassin received positive reviews from critics and received awards after its premier at the Cannes Film Festival. The landscapes and cinematography were noted for being gorgeous and impressive. The Emperor and the Assassin was originally only released with subtitles. It is 162 minutes long.

The Emperor and the Assassin
The Emperor And The Assassin
The Emperor And The Assassin

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The Emperor and the Assassin was released in 1998 in China. The film was later brought to the United States and Europe and released in theaters. The film is a historical drama set in China during the reign and political campaigns of Qin Shi Huang, or Ying Zheng, around 221 B.C. It was directed by Chen Kaige, produced by Beijing Film Studio, and distributed by China Star Entertainment Group, Sony Pictures Classics, and Columbia Pictures.

The film stars Gong Li as Lady Zhao, Zhang Fengyi as Jing Ke, and Li Xuejian as Ying Zheng. Ying Zheng, China’s first emperor, is controversially portrayed as a conqueror who desires peace through country-wide unification. To achieve his goal, Zheng sends his concubine, Lady Zhao, to find an assassin from Yan, the final state that Zheng must conquer, who will attempt to take Zheng’s life in a ruse.

The Emperor and the Assassin received positive reviews from critics and received awards after its premier at the Cannes Film Festival. The landscapes and cinematography were noted for being gorgeous and impressive.

The Emperor and the Assassin was originally only released with subtitles. It is 162 minutes long.

The Emperor and the Assassin is a 1998 history movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 42 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2 and a MetaScore of 75.

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  • Release Date
    1998
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Runtime
    2 hr 42 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (5,960)
  • Metascore
    75