Another Trailer for Hou Hsiao-hsien's 'The Assassin' Starring Shu Qi
Let's give this another shot. The reason we're posting another trailer for Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin is because it was one of the most-talked-about films out this year's Cannes Film Festival. Critics loved it and raved in their reviews, the film won the Best Director and Best Soundtrack awards, and Hou Hsiao-hsien fans have been talking about it for months already. Chinese actress Shu Qi stars as "the assassin", a girl taken away as a child and trained in martial arts who returns to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised - a cousin who now leads a military region in North China. So she must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins. Enjoy.
Set during the mighty Tang Dynasty-period in Chinese history. Nie Yinniang (Shu Qi) returns to family after several years in exile. The mission of her order is to eliminate the tyrany of the Governors who avoid the authority of the Emperor. Now she will have to choose between sacrificing the man she loves, or break definitively with the "order of the Assassins". The Assassin, also known as Nie yin niang, is directed by veteran Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien, of the films Cute Girl, Time to Live A Time to Die, A City of Sadness, The Puppetmaster, Flowers of Shanghai, Café Lumière previously. The script is by T'ien-wen Chu, adapted from a story by Pei Xing. This premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where Hsiao-hsian won Best Director, and Lim Giong won Best Soundtrack. Stay tuned for US release details, as no date is set.
Reader Feedback - 5 Comments
I watched a painting!
DAVIDPD on Jul 16, 2015
Even the poster's gorgeous - wouldn't mind having that framed on my wall.
Michael on Jul 18, 2015
I love movies like this (Crouching Tiger...Hero, etc). but considering all its accolades, these trailers are not that impressive
kitano0 on Jul 17, 2015
Well... This really isn't a movie like "Crouching Tiger" or "Hero" or any other martial arts film ever made - though they're trying to market it as such with trailers like this. Hou Hsiao-hsien makes "critics' favorite" art films that are very slow paced and focused on mood and subtle psychology, not story or action. From what the reviews say, "Assassin" is typical of HHH's films. He's possibly my favorite currently active director and for years I've been more excited about this movie than any other upcoming film, but most people won't find much to get excited about, possibly yourself included. It reportedly doesn't even have much combat in it, so trying to make a trailer that (deceptively) sells it as an action blockbuster doesn't work that well.
Michael on Jul 18, 2015
Well, that's good to know...I will definitely keep this movie in mind.
kitano0 on Jul 18, 2015
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