Film Screening 3rd May, 2001

Poster for The Emperor and the Assasin

The Emperor and the Assasin 

8:00 PM, 3rd May, 2001

  • MA
  • 161 mins
  • 2000
  • Chen Kaige
  • Wang Peigong, Chen Kaige
  • Gong Li, Zhang Fengyi, Li Xuejian, Sun Zhou

Scenes of golden palaces and panoramic landscapes are the backdrop to the true story of King Quin, whose legacies include the thousands of life-size terra-cotta figures which have been excavated in modern China. In the third century BC, Quin is attempting to unite (i.e. conquer) the seven kingdoms of China. He has already overthrown the Kingdom of Han. Now he needs to invade the Kingdom of Yan. Enter the role of Lady Zhao. She and the king have been friends since childhood. They are obviously very much in love, but for political reasons cannot marry. Together they devise a plot. She will pretend to have fallen into disfavour with the king and escape to Yan. Once there she will convince the Prince of Yan to send an assassin back to kill the king. When the assassination fails, the king will have his excuse to invade Yan. Once in Yan, however, Lady Zhao begins to reconsider. She begins to wonder whether the king should really be assassinated. So the question is who succeeds, the emperor or the assassin? This epic story of a defining period of Chinese history is filled with lavish costumes and impressive battle scenes, as well as twists and turns. This grand film should be experienced on the big screen.

Peter Russell