The Chinese poster for Reign of Assassins 劍雨 has dropped, and OMG it looks kick-ass. I love it! Very grand and visually a match for the story theme (the missing half of the faces symbolizing the secrets and hidden identities of these band of various assassins).
Chinese-language reviews of the movie have also arrived. One gives a very positive albeit short review. The reviewer notes that the wuxia movies of late have been tremendously lacking, and that while Reign of Assassins doesn’t singlehandedly bring back the grandeur of times long past, it does not continue the losing streak.
The review also notes that Reign fleshes out all the characters, and has a very complicated story that is told in an intelligent way that doesn’t simplify the story or treat the audience like idiots. That sound you hear? It’s me breathing a small sigh of relief.
Click to read the first Chinese-language review:
Another review is less generous, aggregating comments gleaned from reviewers who attended the Beijing premiere yesterday. One noted that Michelle Yeoh looks too old, Barbie Hsu’s acting was panned (but she sure can take her clothes off), the motivations of the leading bad guy is laughable, and generally it’s okay but not stellar. It also noted that some of John Woo’s laughable dialogue from Red Cliff is also present here, which leads me to headdesking immediately.
Click to read other Chinese-language review:
Lastly, they sure saved the best for last. This is hands down the best trailer for Reign of Assassins I have watched, and I’ve seen quite a few. It is light years more interesting and entertaining than the weird Peckinpah-esque trailer that was released months ago. Alas, I remain interested in watching this movie because I need to see My I Lub You in a wuxia flick come hell or high water.
Best Trailer I Have Seen of Reign of Assassins: