The Assassin

Genre: Action, Drama
121 min

The state of Qin is the strongest

in the realm.

As a small state, we have no other choice

...than to be subservient to Qin.

Qin is a kingdom of wolves and tigers,

tyranical to it subjects and

other states alike.

If the premier calls for subservience

to Qin,

this official must respectfully disagree.

What do you advocate, official Yen?

The three Jin states were once

the strongest;

only by splitting into Han, Zhao and Yi

...did they allow Qin to emerge

as a power.

We should ally with Zhao and Yi well as the states of Qi and Chu defend against the fierce Qin

in the west.

This is all impractical talk.

I fear before our alliance is in place,

the Qin army will be at our border.

But Qin's appetite is insatiable!

Today they demand a city,

tomorrow an area;

how does the Premier propose to handle it?

I am of the House of Han;

would my concern for our state's interests less than that of a mere official

like yourself?

The King of Qin is a brutal tyrant.

My concern is for the common people


Speaking only of our own kingdom,

with the Premier courting Qin and

in charge of Han,

I fear in the ages and generations

to come,

it may not be My Liege's line

who'll rule Han.


you will sow discord between me

and my nephew?

Leave it, uncle. Let him go.

You may go.

Yes, Sire.

Nie Zheng...

I'll be along after I change.

I'll wait for you here.

Second Brother is off to practice

the sword?

The barbarian dress of the Hu again!

Mother will have words again if she sees.

This style of dress is more convenient.

Zheng, you are going out?

Yes, mother.

Come back soon. Don't cause any trouble!

Yes, mother.

We were used to wearing the

loose robes of old

...and using weapons made of bronze.

Now we wear Hu-style short dress

...and use swords forged of iron.

It takes getting used to;

but nothing in the world...

can stay the same forever.

The Lords of the Middle Realm daily weaken

...precisely because they are too

set in the old ways.

Now the great threat to all

is the state of Qin.

The Qin have the same customs

as the barbarians;

we wear our large, loose robes,

but they go into battle

bare-shouldered and unshod.

Why should we not switch to

Hu-style short dress

which allows more freedom of motion?

Good. Now begin your practice

of the sword.

Mr. Xu, I wouldn't want to trouble you.

You have studied the sword under me

for a year.

The test held tomorrow

...will determine your progress.

Go home early and get some rest.

What is this?

I've sewn it for you.

What for?

This cord binds us together.

Why were we born commoners?


If I were a son of a noble house,

I could marry you this very day.

But I am a handmaiden,

how can I marry a noble?

No, you are the daughter of a noble too.

After we are wedded,

I'll lead the army into battle.

With the ability that I have,

I'm sure to win honor on the battlefield.

Then I'll be given a rank at court

and take charge o state affairs.

I'll overhaul the political system

...and bring peace to the land.

Everyone will prosper and be happy.

In that case, you're sure to be very busy.

We'll have no time to be together.


I'm just an ordinary commoner.

All my abilities and dreams are nothing!

Then why do you learn the sword

from Master Wu?

Because... I hope my day will come.

I think it's better to be a commoner.

We don't have to worry about

the world's affairs,

nor is it up to us to deal with them


We can just live out our days in peace.

But what purpose was I born for, then?

I was born with such a mind

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