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A John Woo-chaperoned, Michelle Yeoh-starring martial arts adventure is a bit run-of-the-mill

The name of John Woo may get people in through the doors for this stately Chinese martial arts adventure: he is credited as producer and also co-director (billed beneath director Su Chao-Pin); the movie stars Michelle Yeoh and features Woo's daughter Angeles as one of the assassins. It has its moments of interest, but the narrative, direction and fight choreography all look a bit samey. Yeoh plays Zeng Jing, a woman who has renounced her former existence as a warrior-assassin and marries a modest messenger, Jian Ah-Sheng (Jung Woo-Sung), who has fallen in love with her. There are some interestingly creepy "plastic surgery" scenes in which the doctors change people's appearance by implanting insects that eat away the facial bone structure from within.

Rating: 2/5

Peter Bradshaw

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source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/feb/14/reign-of-assassins-review

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