Watch: Teaser Trailer for Hou Hsiao-hsien's Cannes Hit 'The Assassin'

July 5, 2015
Source: YouTube

The Assassin

This looks like it's going to be incredible. The first teaser trailer for one of the big hits of this year's Cannes Film Festival has arrived online. It's a short teaser for Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin, starring Shu Qi, showing a few of scenes without any subtitles or voiceover, but it still looks stunning. The film received rave reviews during the festival and was considered a top contender for the Palme d'Or, but ended up with Best Director. Shu Qi plays "the assassin", with a cast featuring Chang Chen and Satoshi Tsumabuki. 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. I seriously can't wait to see this, hopefully on a very big screen.

Here's the first teaser trailer for Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin, found on YouTube (via The Film Stage):

The Assassin Poster

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.

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  • Nic
    really, you can tell its going to be incredible from that teaser? ok
    • IamSlave
      Plus all the reviews about it already.
    • Yes well, not only has it played to rave reviews from people I trust. But Hou Hsiao-hsien is also an established filmmaker, and the footage in this tease makes me confident that all the reviews line up and, yes indeed, it might be incredible.
    • bumboclot
      It played at Cannes. Not like people are basing their reviews on this teaser.
      • Ben
        I love that people in this community feel fine with that practice when it comes to action flicks though. Terminator and Jurassic Park got immediately trashed by commenters here when the teasers came out.
        • Panzerknecker
          Yes, some serious double standards there. Also a teaser/trailer should stand on it's own, something went wrong here.
        • bumboclot
          Why? Both of those movies made huge opening weekend money! How did people not like those teasers and then fork out billions?
          • Ben
            There's some serious pretension on this website when it comes to franchises other than the Marvel universe. It's unfortunate.
  • Bo
    The beautiful, 4th shot into this trailer of her on that hill/mountain peak and the music playing...a cello?...violin? anyway, I was in. I also could tell from that first color shot that it was shot on film, which makes me even more attracted to this film. I shall see it and if Alex and some of the other 'professionals' (critics) have liked it then there's a good chance it might well be worth the visit. I shall see when it comes out.
    Wow. Need in IMAX theatre now.
  • shiboleth
    Among many similar films, the whole decision on this one depends after watching. I like female characters in such films. However, it also looks like it could be really good ...
  • Panzerknecker
    How does this look incredible? What did I miss?
    • Rock n Rollllll
      I thought the exact same thing.
    • bumboclot
      1. No robots 2. No explosions Now that's incredible!
      • Panzerknecker
        There are a lot of movies without robots and explosions that are not called incredible based on a very basic teaser trailer.
        • bumboclot
          Yeah dude those are called chick flicks! No thanks. This one looks awesome - like an Apichatpong Weerasethakul film - but with epic sword fights! If you can't recognize great cinematography when you see it, then stick to CGI movies.
          • Panzerknecker
            Doesn't look all that great. Some very nice locations, sets and lighting, which are very beautifully framed, but also some weird flat and weirdly blocked fight shots, also weird wide nature shots in 4:3. Also, there are no epic swordfights in this trailer, what are you talking about? I hope this will be as good as everyone here thinks though.
    • Nash
      My thoughts exactly. 360p, 4:3? This looks like a trailer from the 90's. And furthermore; the sun going down, some people in costumes standing in the woods, something with swords. Perhaps the movie is great, but the trailer looks rather boring and unremarkable to me.
  • bat0u
    I can never take Shu Qi's acting seriously. Hopefully that doesn't distract from an otherwise beautiful looking movie.
  • Ben
    I was really curious if this was shot entirely in 4:3, like it appears in the trailer. Apparently it does not, and the director plays with the aspect ratio like Wes Anderson did in Grand Budapest.




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