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The Emperor and the Assassin (Jing Ke ci Qin Wang) (France, Japan, China, 1999)

Directed by Chen Kaige. In this visually stunning epic Ying Zheng, the King of Qin, has one driving ambition: to unify China's seven kingdoms into one magnificent empire. Impressed by her lover's convictions, Lady Zhao helps Ying Zheng create an assassination plot that would justify the conquest of Qin's most powerful enemy, but when the mission explodes into a brutal holocaust, she is forced to question her loyalty. 161 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Porter, Deborah. "Character Assassination?: Empire Building and Cultural Pathology in Chen Kaige's The Emperor and the Assassin." Film & History , Fall2008, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p21-31, 11p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Zhiwei Xiao. "The Emperor and the Assassin." The American Historical Review. Washington: Apr 2001. Vol. 106, Iss. 2; p. 694 Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Reviews and articles: Porter, Deborah. "Character Assassination?: Empire Building and Cultural Pathology in Chen Kaige's The Emperor and the Assassin." Film & History , Fall2008, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p21-31, 11p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only Zhiwei Xiao. "The Emperor and the Assassin." The American Historical Review. Washington: Apr 2001. Vol. 106, Iss. 2; p. 694 Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only

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