The Emperor and the Assassin, also known as The First Emperor, is a 1998 - 1999 Chinese historical romance film based primarily on Jing Ke's assassination attempt on the King of Qin, as described in Sima Qian's Records of the Grand Historian. The film was directed by Chen Kaige and stars Gong Li, Zhang Fengyi, Li Xuejian, and Zhou Xun. The film was well received critically and won the Technical Prize at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. It was the most expensive Chinese film made up to that time, costing US$20 million.
In the film, Ying Zheng sends his concubine Lady Zhao to the Yan state as a spy to enlist a Yan assassin to attempt to assassinate him, intending to use that as a casus belli to start a war against Yan. Lady Zhao persuades Jing Ke to perform the assassination. After learning of Ying Zheng's massacre of the children in her home state of Zhao, Lady Zhao desires the assassination in earnest. The attempt fails, but Ying Zheng expresses his fury when his associates make no attempt to stop the assassin and he is forced to kill Jing Ke himself. He is further saddened when Lady Zhao returns to Qin only to retrieve Jing Ke for burial.
On 22 August 1962, the militant underground organisation OAS, infuriated by the French government granting independence to Algeria, attempt to assassinate President Charles de Gaulle. The assassination attempt fails, leaving de Gaulle and his entire entourage unharmed. Within six months, OAS leader Jean Bastien-Thiry and several other members are captured and Bastien-Thiry is executed.
Ebert concluded, "Zinnemann has mastered every detail ... There are some words you hesitate to use in a review, because they sound so much like advertising copy, but in this case I can truthfully say that the movie is spellbinding." Ebert included the film at No. 7 on his list of the Top 10 films of the year for 1973.
The first time I attempted to watch Favorites of the Moon, I got about forty minutes into the film and then had to stop. It just felt like watching a less funny version of The Phantom of Liberty, with random scenes of bourgeois characters intersecting in odd ways. Every moment is full of activity, but the whole thing was seemingly going nowhere.
Special Features: Audio commentary with critic Phillip Lopate - An OK critical commentary that might have been better as a twenty-minute featurette. Although Lopate (brother of New York radio host Leonard Lopate) has some interesting facts and observations about the film, it doesn't satisfyingly fill the full 105-minute running time. Unwilling to vigorously analyze the film, Lopate mostly just reminds viewers of which characters did what previously, without extrapolating too intensely about the thematic implications of all those intersections.2014 re-release trailerFinal Thoughts: Favorites of the Moon is an art film that attempts to address the futility of modern life with an appropriately absurd approach. Plenty of viewers are bound to find it alienating (as I did, at first), but there's a deftness to what director Otar Iosseliani is doing that makes it quite entertaining when you come to the film with the right mindset. Highly Recommended.
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