The Emperor and the Assassin (1999)

Emperor and the Assassin
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 2hr 41mins.
Genres Drama, Romance, Historical
Keywords epic
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Gong Li Actor Lady Zhao 1 1000001
Zhang Fengyi Actor Jing Ke 1 1000002
Li Xuejian Actor Ying Zheng--King of Qin 1 1000003
Wang Zhiwen Actor Marquis Xhangxin 1 1000006
Chen Kaige Actor Lu Buwei 1 1000007
Gu Yongfei Actor Queen Mother 1 1000008
Xun Zhou Actor Blind Girl 1 1000012
Chen Kaige Director n/a 2 2000001
Chen Kaige Producer n/a 3 3000001
Shirley Kao Producer n/a 3 3000002
Satoru Iseki Producer n/a 3 3000003
Inc Nippon Herald Films Producer funding 3 3000004
Ltd Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co Producer funding 3 3000005
Han Sanping Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
Tsuguhiko Kadokawa Executive Producer n/a 174 3000007
Hiromitsu Furukawa Executive Producer n/a 174 3000008
Philip Lee Associate Producer n/a 171 3000009
Park Sunmin Associate Producer n/a 171 3000010
Chen Kaige Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Wang Chao Assistant Director n/a 163 5000004
Zhao Fei Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
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.