Reign of Assassins

Also known as 剑雨.

A movie starring Michelle Yeoh 杨紫琼 , Jung Woo Sung 정우성, Shawn Yue 余文乐, Barbie Hsu 徐熙媛 and Wang Xueqi 王学圻. I guess it can be said that it is an international movie, with actors and actresses from different Asian countries.

A wuxia film set during the Ming dynasty.

This tells of how a top assassin of a gang, Drizzle (Yeoh), tries to live a normal life after a job done. She changes her face and her name to Zeng Jing and moves to a city. There, she earns her living by selling fabric. Soon, she meets Ah Sheng (Jung), a messenger, whom she soon marries. However, he is not really who he says he is.

Wang Xueqi plays leader of the gang, Shawn Yue is another member and Barbie Hsu plays an assassin trained by the leader soon after Drizzle disappeared.

Although there are lots of sword fighting sequences in the movie, it was really quite believable. There were no heavy visual effects as compared to Storm Warriors II, which I must say was a total waste of time. Anyways, this film was enjoyable as there were not too many gory scenes even though it is still a fighting movie. The romance part was simple but nice.

This gave me another reason for my love of Michelle Yeoh. She carried the movie really well, even though she has aged, but she ages gracefully, with poise and style quite evident in the movie.

I am not familiar with Jung Woo Sung, but after I watched this movie, I goggled him and realised that he will be in the upcoming drama Athena: Goddess of War, which I have been waiting for a long time. And so. Can’t wait. He was great in the movie as the simple husband to Zeng Jing, but he harbours a great pain which only got revealed at the peak of the movie.

Barbie Hsu, hmm~ not really a fan of hers, but she has been making splashes recently in movies. She was the main actress in the so popular Meteor Garden which shot her to fame. Her subsequent dramas were quite well received as well actually, her latest was 2010’s Summer’s Desire with Huang Xiao Ming and Peter Ho. But in recent years, she moved on to films. One of them was Connected, with Louise Koo, quite good I must say. And Future X-Cops with Andy Lau, which I haven’t watched yet.

All in all, a really great movie to watch when time stands still for that 120 minutes or so.

The movie is in Mandarin, but on, there is both English subtitles and Chinese subtitles, but it is quite small.

To watch: at

Ps: I posted several of the posters, but if you notice, it depends on the country which shows the movie. Say for example, the first, is probably the one that is put up in Malaysia because I can see the Golden Screen Cinemas logo and because Michelle Yeoh is Malaysian so they put her in the middle (Haha~); and the second, probably in China, because almost everyone is shown; and the third is obviously the Korean poster, if the words didn’t give you a clue, Jung Woo Sung definitely did; and the last, I don’t know, maybe China too, or Taiwan.

Oh~ Trailer:


Sungkyunkwan Scandal

I must totally apologise for the lack of posts. I have just arrived in the UK and for the past 2 months have been trying to get use to the place and weather.

Anyways, Sungkyunkwan Scandal is the drama of the year to watch.

This just finished airing actually, in Korea, but if you have KBS World, then it is still on, the 15th episode will be airing on the 29th November 2010.

This drama stars Micky Yoochun (of DBSK, and now JYJ, this is his debut), Park Min Young (I am Sam), Song Joong Ki (OB-GYN), Yoo Ah In (The Man Who Can’t Get Married) and several others.

This is set in a Joseon-era school that is attended by the scholars and noble young sons of the day — and one young woman, Kim Yoon-hee (Park Min Young) who sneaks in posing as her brother, thus taking his name: Kim Yoon-shik, and subsequently finds herself in romantic entanglements with her fellow classmates.

The fellow classmates  are Lee Sun-joon (Micky), son of the Left Minister (I would think similar to Prime Minister,or head of the political party that is in power), obviously rich and lives a sheltered life; Goo Yong-ha (Song Joong Ki), a wealthy merchant’s son and resident playboy; and Moon Jae-shin (Yoo Ah In), son of the other political party leader, always butting heads with Sun-joon.

This is my first saguek drama actually, and not a proper one at that, but I actually understood, more or less, what was going on, especially the parts where it is a little similar to history. However, this does not fully follow history.

Almost like Hana Kimi + You’re Beautiful + allotherdramaswhichhasagirlposingasaguy… = a whole lot of fun.

I absolutely love this drama, it was really good and heart-warming. I don’t think that there were any parts in which I wanted to skip.  The characters were really awesome, and those portraying them were even more awesome. They allowed me to feel what the characters themselves were feeling.

The supporting characters were also great.

Cho-sun, a gisaeng who falls in love with Kim Yoon-shik.

Student Council President + his minions, War Minister’s son, don’t quite remember his name.

Ok. I have no idea what else to write about, I could go on and on and on about the whole beauty of the drama. Bah~ like how cute is this:

Oh, the drama also has really beautiful sceneries.For example:

This is actually an adaption of a novel, which is available only in Korean, but there is a blogger, who is seriously awesome, who is translating certain parts of the novel; at Bad Milk.

To watch:

With English subtitles, Mysoju. And with Chinese subtitles,