The Assassin

Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Country: China, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Original Title: Nie yin niang

Running Time: 105min
Production Year: 2015
Category: FILM

In 9th century China, 10-year-old Nie Yinniang is abducted by a nun who transforms her into an impressive warrior. One day, she is sent back to her home province with orders to kill the ruling lord, whom she was expected to marry. Nie Yinniang must choose: assassinate the man she loves or betray the sacred honor of her training.

After a distinguished career of social-realist dramas, the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien keeps his feet – and camera – on the ground for his first incursion into the martial combat genre. Realistic action sequences replace the swirling sword choreographies and slowmotion special effect pirouettes typical of the form. What matters most in The Assassin, as in Akira Kurosawa’s classic samurai films, is the particular human philosophy and moral codes behind the strange business of being a righteous assassin. What also matters is the force of Hou’s wonderfully crafted cinematography and art direction, which deliver scene after scene of ravishing beauty. Every frame is a painting. – Orlando Rojas





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Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Producer: Hou Hsiao-hsien, Chin Yiqi, Peter Lam, Lin Kufn, Gou Tai-chiang, Tung Tzu-hsien
Screenwriter: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Chu Tien-Wen

Music: Lim Giong
Cinematographer: Mark Lee Ping Bing
Editor: Tu Duu-chih

Cast: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun, Tsumabuki Satoshi, Juan Ching-tian, Hsieh Hsin-ying, Sheu Fang-yi

Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Academy, and has directed 19 feature fi lms to date, including the Venice Golden Lion-winning A City of Sadness (1989), The Puppetmaster (1993) and Flight of the Red Balloon (2007). He was awarded Best Director at Cannes Film Festival 2015 for The Assassin.