Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: The Assassin’s Blade

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Well Go USA

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Charlene Choi hits the martial arts academy in The Assassin's Blade.

The 2008 Chinese film The Assassin’s Blade is a martial arts-filled, action-fantasy take on Shakespeare’s famous romance Romeo and Juliet.

Based upon a famous Chinese legend The Butterfly Lovers, The Assassin’s Blade tells the story of Zhu Yanzhi (Charlene Choi), who chooses to disguise her female identity in order to be accepted into the country’s most prestigious male-only martial arts academy, where she immediately finds herself at odds with her superior, Liang (Chun Wu). But soon, a stronger connection develops between the two, and as their attraction grows, so does the danger of Liang discovering Zhu’s gender. It’s not until Zhu is required to return home that she reveals her true identity. Could it be that they’re destined to be together?

Like Romeo and Juliet, The Assassin’s Blade is filled with love, betrayal and revenge and all that fun Shakespearean stuff—with fantasy, action and martial arts thrown into the mix.

Directed by Jingle Ma (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), the unrated is presented in Cantonese with English subtitles.

There are no bonus features on the discs.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.