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I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know if this is really good news or bad news. On the one hand, the Weinstein Company acquiring the John Woo-produced “Reign of Assassins” (directed by Su Chao-Pin, though the press release below seems to insist John Woo is a co-director, and starring Michelle Yeoh) is good news, because it means we’ll get it in R1 faster than usual. On the other hand, TWC has been known to, how shall I put it, really FUBAR an Asian film’s release. Let’s hope they won’t be so destructive with “Reign of Assassins”. On the bright side, they couldn’t possibly change the title to something more “action-y”, as they are wont to do.
Fortissimo Films Chairman Michael J. Werner and The Weinstein Company’s Bob and Harvey Weinstein jointly announced that The Weinstein Company has pre-bought North American and South African rights to Fortissimo’s REIGN OF ASSASSINS (JIANYU JIANGHU). The film was produced by John Woo (FACE/OFF, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II) and Terence Chang (FACE/OFF, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II) through their Lion Rock Production banner along with Galloping Horse and Media Asia. Su Chao-Pin (SILK, BETTER THAN SEX) and Woo directed the martial arts epic which is a fast-paced action thriller set in the Ming Dynasty and stars Michelle Yeoh (CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, SUNSHINE), as a skilled assassin who falls in love with the son of a man who was killed by her gang. Unaware that he also is a trained martial artist, their love blossoms and then tensions rise as the past comes back to haunt them.
REIGN OF ASSASSINS is expected to hit theaters in China later this year and The Weinstein Company is currently considering coinciding release dates in North American and South Africa.
Not sure if Woo actually co-directed the film, or if they’re using that as a marketing ploy. If it’s the latter, that’s just wrong.
Here’s a trailer for the movie in case you missed it: