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The Assassin (Nie yin niang) (2015)

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Starring (View all)
Qi Shu Qi Shu
Nie Yinniang
Chen Chang Chen Chang
Tian Ji'an, governor of Weibo
Yun Zhou Yun Zhou
Lady Tian
Satoshi Tsumabuki Satoshi Tsumabuki
The Mirror Polisher
Dahong Ni Dahong Ni
Provost Nie Feng
Mei Yong Mei Yong
Yinniang' Mother
Nikki Shie Nikki Shie
Huji,Tian Ji'an's concubine
Ethan Juan Ethan Juan
Xia Jing, the aide-de-camp


Written by
Hsiao-hsien Hou Hsiao-hsien Hou
screenplay


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4 years, 8 months ago at Mar 13 17:19
Beautiful, amazing nonviolent, bloodless fights with the fighters leaving each other in strange peace, seizing reluctantly its prey. Contemplative when has to, but enough action.

The Assassin

2 years, 1 month ago at Oct 5 20:40
The Assassin is beautiful to behold, but there’s no narrative or character to give you a firm grasp. It’s hypnotic and narcotizing beauty for the sake of it with nothing to tether your interest. Character motivations, relationships, even a coherent story or timeline is all abstracted or diffused to a point where total incomprehension takes over. Are we to believe that this was done to synchron... read more
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The film is set during the mighty Tang Dynasty-period in Chinese history. Nie Yinniang 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".
Release date: 27 August 2015
Tags: Taiwan (2), 2015 (2), HQ (1), Asian (1), Cinema (1), 2010s (1), Martial Arts (1), Adventure (1), Action (1), Cannes 2015 (1), 台灣 (1), 中國 (1), China (1), Hong Kong (1), France (1)
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JxSxPx posted a review 2 years, 1 month ago

The Assassin

“The Assassin is beautiful to behold, but there’s no narrative or character to give you a firm grasp. It’s hypnotic and narcotizing beauty for the sake of it with nothing to tether your interest. Character motivations, relationships, even a coherent story or timeline is all abstracted or diffused to a point where total incomprehension takes over. Are we to believe that this was done to synchronize the main character, an assassin raised to be a killer away from the rest of the world with no connection to anything, and the structure of the story, something resembling a revenge plot merged with family drama and historical epic? I suppose one could argue that, but I’m not about to. Director Hsiao-hsien Hou has crafted some truly splendid visions here, but between the anticlimaxes of the f” read more

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