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Assassin's Blade (2008/Well Go USA Blu-ray)

 

Picture: A+†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: D†††† Film: A-

 

 

Zhu Yanzhi must disguise herself as man to carry on the family name and tradition to learn martial arts. She finds herself under the mentorship of brother Liang, as they train together both their friendship and attraction grows. When Liang discovers her true secret and falls for her hopelessly in love, but tragedy strikes when Yanzhi is suddenly forced to return home only to marry against her wishes. When Liang learns of this, he fights for Yanzhi's freedom and anyone who gets in his way. 

 

All Yanzhi wants to be is a female martial arts master, but unfortunately only boys are allowed to learn martial arts, so she disguises herself as a man. There she trains happily with her martial arts 'brothers', but what she didn't expect was to fall in love with the suave brother Liang. Even after he discovers her true gender, their relationship blossoms and continues to grow. Yanzhi is suddenly torn away from her happy life, when her childhood friend Ma turns into an evil corrupt magistrate and wants to forces her to marry him or he will kill Yanzhi's parents. Liang fights Ma and his army of henchmen for their love, but Yanzhi is then forced to pretend not to care for Liang in order to spare his life.Assassinís Blade covers all this action, character

 

This film was like a mix of Mulan with Romeo and Juliet, a girl masquerading as boy and learning how to fight. The first half of the movie was comical, as she begins her training all the while trying to hide her gender from all the boys. The second half is more serious and has more epic combat as a single person takes on an entire battalion of guards. Hard to believe it took this long for a Blu-ray release, but donít miss it.

 

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer was shot on Kodak 35mm film stock in the Super 35mm film format and looks terrific throughout.Digital work is not bad and this has some great demo shots throughout.The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is towards the front speakers, but has some good sonic moments just the same, if not enough.Extra includes trailers.

 

 

-†† Ricky Chiang


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