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January 4, 1998 | Anthony Kuhn, Anthony Kuhn is a researcher in The Times' Beijing bureau
China's last monarch, described in Bernardo Bertolucci's film "The Last Emperor," was an impotent puppet who could barely feed and clothe himself. In contrast, China's first emperor, Qin Shihuang, was a classic tyrant whose power and brutality have awed and disgusted Chinese for centuries. But leading Chinese director Chen Kaige is making a movie about Qin Shihuang that shows a hint of sympathy for him. "Despots are not born that way," he insists.
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January 4, 1998 | Anthony Kuhn, Anthony Kuhn is a researcher in The Times' Beijing bureau
China's last monarch, described in Bernardo Bertolucci's film "The Last Emperor," was an impotent puppet who could barely feed and clothe himself. In contrast, China's first emperor, Qin Shihuang, was a classic tyrant whose power and brutality have awed and disgusted Chinese for centuries. But leading Chinese director Chen Kaige is making a movie about Qin Shihuang that shows a hint of sympathy for him. "Despots are not born that way," he insists.
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November 2, 1985 | LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writer
A black cop investigating the murder of two fellow officers by a black revolutionary group is the sort of dramatic premise that ought to send sparks flying. But "Badge of the Assassin," a new TV movie airing at 9 tonight on CBS (Channels 2 and 8), chooses to play it safe and winds up the sorrier. Maybe that's because the film is based on a book co-authored by Robert K.
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November 2, 1985 | LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writer
A black cop investigating the murder of two fellow officers by a black revolutionary group is the sort of dramatic premise that ought to send sparks flying. But "Badge of the Assassin," a new TV movie airing at 9 tonight on CBS (Channels 2 and 8), chooses to play it safe and winds up the sorrier. Maybe that's because the film is based on a book co-authored by Robert K.
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