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A look at John Woo's next with the Reign of Assassins trailer

04.20.2010

John Woo's been gone from Hollywood for a few years now, and since then he's produced some of his best work in ages with RED CLIFF. Now he's sticking with what he knows with REIGN OF ASSASSINS, and we have a first look at the project with this new promo reel.

It has a very, very CROUCHING TIGER-like feel to it, not just since Michelle Yeoh is present and kicking ass, but because it features a fair amount of wire work like we saw in that film and the many others like it.

You can check out the trailer below, and the official, very long plot synopsis below that. No comment on the subtitles that have been captured in my screenshot there.

428AD, Bodhi, a Southern India prince became a Buddhist monk and set off for China, earning a hallowed reputation as a mystical martial artist. Following his death, his remains mysteriously disappeared.

Hundreds of years later, Zhang, a high-ranking court official, is assassinated by Drizzle. Zhang’s son Jingxiu, whilst mourning his father’s death, is assailed by a group assassins. They leave him for dead, but somehow he survives and escapes their clutches.

Drizzle, a talented warrior herself, finds herself in possession of Bodhi’s remains, and begins her quest to return them to their rightful resting place at Yunhe Temple. The Black Stone, a team of deadly assassins who employed Drizzle, are also after the remains and the powerful secret they hold. To hide from The Black Stone, Drizzle undergoes drastic facial surgery and changes her name to Zeng Jing (Michelle Yeoh). She flees to Beijing, where she meets and falls in love with Jiang, soon to become her husband. After a confrontation in Beijing, Zeng Jing’s identity is uncovered and both she and Jiang must flee for their lives. As Zeng Jing kills off members of the gang while they are on the run, she quickly realizes Jiang is actually Jingxiu, and he is seeking to avenge his father’s death. This leads to a lethal triangle and a fight to death between our hero Zeng Jing, Jiang and The Black Stone.

The only question remains who will be the last ones standing to uncover the secret of Bodhi’s remains? 

Extra Tidbit: His period pieces are great, but I really wish he'd get back to gunfighting rather than swordfighting.
Source: Twitch

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1:56PM on 04/21/2010

I love Michelle Yeoh but

isn't she getting too old to make these types of movies? Woo TANG!!!! Great director.
isn't she getting too old to make these types of movies? Woo TANG!!!! Great director.
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2:50AM on 04/21/2010
is Jet Li in this, or is it Red Cliff? I thought he said a while back he wasn't doing films like this anymore? The film looks cool though!
is Jet Li in this, or is it Red Cliff? I thought he said a while back he wasn't doing films like this anymore? The film looks cool though!
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2:17AM on 04/21/2010
bagh! tired of these, i need to see modern day
bagh! tired of these, i need to see modern day
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2:04AM on 04/21/2010

chow yun fat

john woo and chow yun fat need to get together for a reunion real soon
john woo and chow yun fat need to get together for a reunion real soon
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11:21PM on 04/20/2010

AWW C'MON!

Enough with this period shit already! First Zhang Yimou goes nuts on it, then Chen Kaige, now John Woo? Is there anybody left to do cool modern action films in Asia? What a pity!
Enough with this period shit already! First Zhang Yimou goes nuts on it, then Chen Kaige, now John Woo? Is there anybody left to do cool modern action films in Asia? What a pity!
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7:53PM on 04/20/2010
According to IMDB. John Woo is only producing, not even co-directing.
According to IMDB. John Woo is only producing, not even co-directing.
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7:36PM on 04/20/2010
The movie looks good, but I'm less excited now that I know Woo only co-directed this.
The movie looks good, but I'm less excited now that I know Woo only co-directed this.
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5:15PM on 04/20/2010

Heh

It's true... black stoners DON'T challenge each other in martial arts - they just play Mortal Kombat on SNES.
It's true... black stoners DON'T challenge each other in martial arts - they just play Mortal Kombat on SNES.
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5:11PM on 04/20/2010

John Woo, Wuxia & Michelle Yeoh

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5:00PM on 04/20/2010
Too bad Woo's only co-directing. Even so, looks like a pretty decent wuxia. And Michelle Yeoh? Yes, please!
Too bad Woo's only co-directing. Even so, looks like a pretty decent wuxia. And Michelle Yeoh? Yes, please!
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4:18PM on 04/20/2010

Wire-Fu by Woo!

Looks pretty friggin good. Me like!
Looks pretty friggin good. Me like!
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3:34PM on 04/20/2010
Funnily enough, this IS John Woo going back to his roots, since he started out directing a few wuxia flicks (one of them featuring a then-unknown Jackie Chan), before going into the gun-porn films. But all that aside, there's a dude with flaming knives!!! FRICKIN' FLAMIN' KNIVES!!!
Funnily enough, this IS John Woo going back to his roots, since he started out directing a few wuxia flicks (one of them featuring a then-unknown Jackie Chan), before going into the gun-porn films. But all that aside, there's a dude with flaming knives!!! FRICKIN' FLAMIN' KNIVES!!!
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