The Emperor and the Assassin


2h 41m 1999

Brief Synopsis

A romantic tale set in feudal China during the 3rd century B.C. which centers around the story of an ambituous king, Ying Zheng, obsessed with unifying all of China and becoming its first emperor. To this end, he embarks upon an unparalleled reign of terror and brutality against all who, he believes

Film Details

Also Known As
Empereur et l'Assassin, L', Emperor and the Assassin, Jing Ke Ci Qin Wang, L' Empereur et l'Assassin
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Production Company
First Australian Completion Bond Company; Le Studio Canal Plus; Le Studio Canal Plus; Nippon Film Development & Finance Inc; Nippon Film Development & Finance Inc; Pricel; Sogepaq S.A.; StudioCanal; StudioCanal
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Cts; Edko Films; Medusa Film; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Moonlight Films; Nippon Herald Films, Inc; PathT International; Pathe Image; Sogepaq S.A.; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing International
Location
People's Liberation Army Film Studios, China; Shidu, China; Huilui, China; Dongyang, Zhenjiang, China; Bashan Plateau, China; Zhuozhou, China; Yixian, Hebei, China

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 41m

Synopsis

A romantic tale set in feudal China during the 3rd century B.C. which centers around the story of an ambituous king, Ying Zheng, obsessed with unifying all of China and becoming its first emperor. To this end, he embarks upon an unparalleled reign of terror and brutality against all who, he believes, stand between him and his destiny. Hoping to contribute in some way to Ying Zheng's dream of Chinese unification, Lady Zhao, his lover from childhood, devises an intricate fake assassination plot against Ying Zheng which, when "uncovered," will provide him with a legitimate excuse to invade the neighboring kingdom of Yang, his great obstacle to unification. However, before the plan can be fully realized, Ying Zheng discovers a painful secret about his birth. This stunning revelation triggers the cold blooded instinct within him. He has anyone who might have knowledge of his true lineage killed. He then plots an attack on Lady Zhao's beloved homeland.

Film Details

Also Known As
Empereur et l'Assassin, L', Emperor and the Assassin, Jing Ke Ci Qin Wang, L' Empereur et l'Assassin
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Production Company
First Australian Completion Bond Company; Le Studio Canal Plus; Le Studio Canal Plus; Nippon Film Development & Finance Inc; Nippon Film Development & Finance Inc; Pricel; Sogepaq S.A.; StudioCanal; StudioCanal
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Cts; Edko Films; Medusa Film; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Moonlight Films; Nippon Herald Films, Inc; PathT International; Pathe Image; Sogepaq S.A.; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing International
Location
People's Liberation Army Film Studios, China; Shidu, China; Huilui, China; Dongyang, Zhenjiang, China; Bashan Plateau, China; Zhuozhou, China; Yixian, Hebei, China

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 41m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter December 17, 1999

Released in United States on Video June 13, 2000

Released in United States 1999

Released in United States October 1999

Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (Regional Premieres) October 20 - November 15, 1999.

Began shooting August 8, 1997.

Completed shooting February 13, 1998.

Released in United States Winter December 17, 1999 (NY, LA)

Released in United States on Video June 13, 2000

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (Regional Premieres) October 20 - November 15, 1999.)

Released in United States October 1999 (Shown at American Film Institute (AFI) Los Angeles International Film Festival (Official Selection) October 21-29, 1999.)

Winner of the Grand Prix Technique at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.