The Assassin (Nie yin niang)
Dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien. 2015, 105 mins. DCP. With Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Satoshi Tsumabuki. Living in the countryside since she was abducted during her childhood, Yinniang has become an unrivaled martial arts master. She is sent to kill her cousin, a military leader and a noble during the declining years of the ninth century Tang Dynasty. Hou Hsiao-hsien’s first film in seven years is a breathtakingly beautiful work, its stately rhythms punctuated by eruptions of dazzling fight scenes.
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