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The Assassin

The Assassin

The Assassin

2015 / 105min / DCP

DIRECTOR: HOU HSIAO-HSIEN

CAST: QI SHU, CHEN CHANG, YUN ZHOU

Defined by a delicious tension between spectacular subject matter and a distanced, elliptical directorial approach, by short bursts of action and long expanses of stillness, The Assassin is the first foray into wuxia territory by Taiwanese master Hou, one of his generation’s most acclaimed filmmakers. In his hands the story of Shu Qi’s hit-woman, steeling herself for a mission to eliminate her onetime betrothed (Chang Chen), becomes one of the most voluptuous, entrancing martial arts pictures ever made.