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Review: Reign of Assassins (Anchor Bay)

Reign of Assassins
4 stars
Starring: Barbie Hsu, Jung Woo-Sung, Kelly Lin, Michelle Yeoh, Shawn Yue

Directed: Su Chao-Pin, John Woo

Release Date: November 1, 2016

Run Time: 107 Minutes

Format: DVD .Color: Color

Audio: Mandarin .Subtitles: English

Distributor: Anchor Bay


Set in ancient China, Zeng Jing is a skilled assassin who finds herself in possession of a mystical Buddhist monk’s remains. She begins a quest to return the remains to its rightful resting place, and thus places herself in mortal danger because a team of assassins is in a deadly pursuit to possess the remains which holds an ancient power-wielding secret.




Audio Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English

The Sound Quality is good for DVD. Its clear with no distortion but could use a tad bit more lower end

Rating: 4 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: DVD

The Picture Quality is OK for DVD at times its soft with distant shots of faces being to soft. Colors dont pop much and its only sharp on close-ups

Rating: 3.5 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: September 28, 2010 (China)
Disc release Date: November 1, 2016 (USA)




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My Thoughts

Reign of Assassins is a Swordplay Wuxia Film with John Woo’s Named Attacked to it and also Staring as are lead the talented Michelle Yeoh. A Young Women who belongs to the the Dark Stone Assassin Gang finds her self not wanting to live the life she is living after slaughtering a family. She runs off after surgically making her self look older and with half of a mummified corps that contains power if both pieces were to meet.

The story is good but does have some holes and could be due to some cuts being left out. Sometimes its confusing but overall its great. Action wise it was fun sword play with Wuxia but not an insane amount of the wire fu where it makes it look too fake. Acting was good and my main lady did a great job. The acting can be brutal at times like at the beginning with a child being killed off by are lead.

Overall The film was a great watch, not classic but its close. Love action, swordplay xuxia films with Michelle Yeoh in the lead and John Woo in the editing booth? You will enjoy this one. Action is great bun not over saturated and or not much of. It’s just right with a good story

With that said I give Reign of Assassins a 4 out of 5 thanks to its action and story. The film gets good reviews and I’m with the majority. Just wished we got a Blu-Ray Version so we can get that Color popping sharp detail greatness./



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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

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Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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