Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The Assassins (铜雀台) (2012)

This Three Kingdoms political thriller deconstructs the villainy of Cao Cao, amidst a conspiracy by Han loyalists to assassinate the strongman and Protector of the Realm.

It's easier said than done, given the political climate in China, which practically forces all historical epics to end on the same moral that peaceful dictatorship being preferable to an anarchy.

A predictable failure in this sense, but the trite love angle between the very forgettable 'central' assassins makes it worse.

Read my full review at Fridae, first published on 26 September 2012.

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