Lu Yanshi is ripped away from his family and arrested as a political prisoner during China's Cultural Revolution, forced to work in a merciless labour camp. He makes a futile escape attempt in a plan with his daughter Wanyu, but he is soon re-captured and put back to work. Some years later, he is finally freed when the Revolution comes to an end, but he is less than welcomed when he returns home. His wife has suffered an accident which has left her with permanent amnesia and she is unable to recognise her husband upon his return. She shuns Yanshi, and continues to wait for her husband's return, and so he does what he can to jog her memory and convince her that it's him. When that fails, he must find another way to remain close to her - but that may mean abandoning their marriage.
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During the Cultural Revolution in China, Lu Yanshi was viciously torn away from his beloved wife Feng Wanyu and forced to work in a labour camp. In an enormously risky operation, he manages to escape his imprisonment in order to meet Wanyu at a rail station - unfortunately, their secret meeting plans are betrayed to the prison officials and he is immediately re-arrested. Many years later, the Revolution has ended and he is finally freed. However, when he returns home to his wife, he discovers that she is suffering permanent amnesia following an accident and doesn't believe Yanshi to be her husband. Instead, she waits patiently each day for Yanshi's return while he desperately tries to jog her memory. When his efforts seem fruitless, he does what he can to remain close to her - even if it means leaving their romance behind.
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Set in third century B.C., The Emperor and the Assassin is the story of Ying Zheng (Li Xuejian), leader of the Kingdom of Qin, whose goal is to conquer the six other kingdoms of China and merge them into one unified land. To accomplish this objective, he embarks upon a horrific reign of terror and brutality against all who stand between him and his destiny.
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