First Trailer for Hou Hsiao-hsien’s THE ASSASSIN

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Take a look at the first teaser trailer for Taiwan director Hou Hsiao-hsien‘s Cannes award winning The Assassin, a wuxia film starring Chang Chen and Shu Qi.

A years-in-the-making period martial-arts drama earned the Taiwanese master his first-ever Cannes Best Director prize. His movies have been previously nominated six times for the Palme d’Or.

The story takes place in the ninth century China when the Tang dynasty was in decline. The movie focuses on a skilled assassin (Qi) dispatched to kill an important political figure who is also her cousin and former lover. This is a classic story of revenge in the most complex of ways, limiting information about plot and circumstance in favor of physical momentum and emotional trauma. The film is presented in the so-called Academy ratio.

Well Go USA Entertainment will release the film domestically but no date has been set. Have a look at the trailer and poster below (via TFS).

9th-century China. 10-year-old general’s daughter Nie Yinniang is abducted by a nun who initiates her into the martial arts, transforming her into an exceptional assassin charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors. One day, having failed in a task, she is sent back by her mistress to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised – a cousin who now leads the largest military region in North China. After 13 years of exile, the young woman must confront her parents, her memories and her long-repressed feelings.

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.

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