Anyone who needs a martial-arts fix at the flicks should have February 15, 2013 ringed on their calendar, as that date sees John Woo’s Reign Of Assassins hit UK cinemas.

Already picking up some rave reviews, the film, co-directed by Su Chao-pin, promises plenty of classy choreography as well as sumptuous period detail.

A mix of action, comedy, romance and identity switches, Reign Of Assassins follows the story of Drizzle, a deadly and ruthless assassin for the Dark Stone gang.

Looking to change her ways, some drastic procedures see her appearance altered, allowing her to seemingly live out her days.

Naturally that fails to last though and with the gang hot on her trail, Drizzle must prepare once again for action.

Martial arts legend Michelle Yeoh stars as Drizzle, alongside male lead Jung Woo-sung.

The film has already picked up ten Hong Kong Film Award nominations, which bodes well.

And with Woo having proved his deftness with this kind of material time and again, and with Yeoh still able to look good dishing out the beatdowns, here’s hoping Reign Of Assassins proves as good as it promises to be.

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Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.