22nd Dec2015

Watch the stunning new trailer for ‘The Assassin’

by Mark Allen

Having topped Sight & Sound’s ‘Best of 2015’ list, Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s beautiful martial arts epic The Assassin is coming to the UK next month.  From the official press release:

9th century China. 10-year-old general’s daughter Nie Yinniang is abducted by 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 promised – a cousin who now leads the largest 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.

The Assassin marks legendary director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s first foray into the Wuxia genre, a critically praised and lavishly beautiful spectacle that earned him Best Director at 2015 Cannes Film Festival and a standout 5 Golden Horse awards including Best Film, Best Direction and Best Cinematography at the Golden Horse Festival, Taiwan, last month.

The Assassin hits UK cinemas on Friday 22nd January 2016. Watch the official trailer below and look out for our review in the new year:



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