The Greatest Filmmaking Reward Is Being A Filmmaker by THE ASSASSIN’S Hou Hsiao-Hsien

.THE ASSASSIN hits US theaters Friday, October 16, 2015!

More info here.

  (Watch the video interview here)

.“The best film of the Cannes Film Festival.  A masterful film.  The level of artistry was so much higher than anything else in the festival that everyone was, in one way or another, ravished.” – John Powers, Fresh Air, National Public Radio


“A staggeringly lovely period film…Filled with palace intrigue, expressive silences, flowing curtains, whispering trees and some of the most ravishingly beautiful images to have graced this festival (Cannes).”  – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“A great movie. Reaffirmed one’s belief in movies.”  –
Amy Taubin, Film Comment



In ninth century China, Nie Yinniang (Shu Qi), a young woman who, as a child, was abducted from a decorated general, was then raised by a nun who trained her in the martial arts to assassinate corrupt officials. After 13 years of exile, she is now a formidable assassin returning to her home province of Weibo with orders to kill Tian Ji’an (Chang Chen), Weibo’s governor, to whom she was once betrothed. She must confront her parents, her memories and her long-repressed feelings: will she chose to sacrifice the man she loved or will she break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins? Rich with shimmering, breathing texture and punctuated by brief but unforgettable bursts of action, THE ASSASSIN is a martial arts film unlike any other.


Starring: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Satoshi Tsumabuki