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The Assassin

In ninth-century China, an exiled assassin must choose between love or duty when she receives orders to kill a man from her past.

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The Assassin is one of the most flat-out beautiful movies of the last decade, and also one of the most puzzling.

In 8th century China, 10-year-old general's daughter Nie Yinniang is handed over to a nun who initiates her into the martial arts, transforming her into an exceptional assassin charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors. One day, having failed in a task, she is sent back by her mistress to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was betrothed - a cousin who now leads the largest independent military region in North China. After 13 years of exile, the young woman must confront her parents, her memories and her long-repressed feelings. A slave to the orders of her mistress, Nie Yinniang must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.

Director
Hsiao-hsien Hou
Cast
Qi ShuChen ChangYun ZhouSatoshi TsumabukiEthan JuanNikki Hsin-Ying HsiehSheu Fang-yiDahong Ni
Country
Taiwan, China, Hong kong
Language
Mandarin
Available
Mar 26 2016
Best Director
Academy Awards

The Assassin is one of the most flat-out beautiful movies of the last decade, and also one of the most puzzling.