The Assassin

    Genre
    Action, Drama, History
  • Runtime
    105 mins
  • Release Date
    2015
  • Countries
    China, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan
  • Languages
    Mandarin

ANGELIKA’S NOTE

Back with his first film after an 8 years, legendary Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (MILLENNIUM MAMBO, A SUMMER AT GRANDPA'S) wowed audiences at the Cannes Film Festival, where he won Best Director, with his awe-inspiring THE ASSASSIN - a wondrous take on the traditional wuxia film. Rich with shimmering, breathing texture and punctuated by brief but unforgettable bursts of action, THE ASSASSIN is a martial arts film like none made before it. NPR calls this BAFTA Nominated film, "Masterful. The best film of the Cannes Film Festival. Everyone was, in one way or another, ravished."
DIRECTED BY:
Hou Hsiao-hsien
WRITTEN BY:
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Cheng Ah, T'ien-wen Chu, Hai-Meng Hsieh
CAST INCLUDES:
Chang Chen, Shu Qi, Yun Zhou, Satoshi Tsumabuki

SYNOPSIS

In 9th-century China, Nie Yinniang is a young woman who was abducted in childhood from a decorated general and raised by a nun who trained her in the martial arts. After 13 years of exile, she is returned to the land of her birth as an exceptional assassin, with orders to kill her betrothed husband-to-be. She must confront her parents, her memories, and her long-repressed feelings in a choice to sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.

The Assassin

    Genre
    Action, Drama, History
  • Runtime
    105 mins
  • Release Date
    2015
  • Countries
    China, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan
  • Languages
    Mandarin
DIRECTED BY
Hou Hsiao-hsien
WRITTEN BY
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Cheng Ah, T'ien-wen Chu, Hai-Meng Hsieh
CAST INCLUDES
Chang Chen, Shu Qi, Yun Zhou, Satoshi Tsumabuki
Back with his first film after an 8 years, legendary Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (MILLENNIUM MAMBO, A SUMMER AT GRANDPA'S) wowed audiences at the Cannes Film Festival, where he won Best Director, with his awe-inspiring THE ASSASSIN - a wondrous take on the traditional wuxia film. Rich with shimmering, breathing texture and punctuated by brief but unforgettable bursts of action, THE ASSASSIN is a martial arts film like none made before it. NPR calls this BAFTA Nominated film, "Masterful. The best film of the Cannes Film Festival. Everyone was, in one way or another, ravished."

In 9th-century China, Nie Yinniang is a young woman who was abducted in childhood from a decorated general and raised by a nun who trained her in the martial arts. After 13 years of exile, she is returned to the land of her birth as an exceptional assassin, with orders to kill her betrothed husband-to-be. She must confront her parents, her memories, and her long-repressed feelings in a choice to sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.