A female assassin receives a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in eighth-century China.A female assassin receives a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in eighth-century China.A female assassin receives a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in eighth-century China.
- Huji,Tian Ji'an's concubineas Huji,Tian Ji'an's concubine
- (as Hsieh Hsin-ying)
- Xia Jing, the aide-de-campas Xia Jing, the aide-de-camp
- (as Juan Ching-Tian)
1). Actually it has a quite complete story, which is about politics. In history of China, the tension between the central control and the local force has always been a problem for thousands of years. Weibo, the place where the story happens, has witnessed two different political forces fighting with each other. One group, inclined to make peace with the central court, includes Nie Yinniang and her family. The other group, inclined to the strengthening of local power, includes the wife of the lord (their marriage is a political alliance at the beginning, the same with the marriage of the lord's princess mother). As a fan who always love dramas of political fights, I quite fancy this story.
2). Tang Dynasty has always been a fantasy to most Chinese people. With a frequent communication with different ethics and civilizations, Tang's culture was quite inclusive, and even a little bit exotic for Chinese people. While most shoddy TV plays and films fail to represent Tang's lifestyle, this film presents not only the dazzling costumes and dances, but also original Tang Style's architecture. All those elements make the film attractive.
3). The film's pacing is very slow, and the actions of characters are very simple. The dominance in the shots is shared by natural elements, such as wind, smoke, fog, etc. The way how natural scenes are unfolded, as well as how people are embedded in the space, follows a pattern of classical Chinese poetries and paintings. People who love Chinese poetries and paintings would certainly like this film.
- Aug 28, 2015