Watch: US Trailer for Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Cannes Winner ‘The Assassin’

Hsiao-hsien's Cannes Winner

“The way of the sword is without compassion.” Well Go USA has released the official U.S. trailer for Hou Hsiao-hsien‘s The Assassin, the wuxia-flavored drama which picked up a Best Director win at Cannes. Lim Giong also won Best Soundtrack.

The film, which was named Taiwan’s Oscar entry, centers on a skilled assassin (Shu Qi) dispatched to kill an important political figure (Chang Chen) who is also her cousin and former lover. Zhou Yun, Hsieh Hsin-ying and Satoshi Tsumabuki also star. Qi and Chang co-starred together in Hou’s 2005 three-part love story, Three Times.

Alongside its minimalist treatment of the martial arts elements, the film is full of transcendent images that will likely inspire awe. Check out the official U.S. trailer and poster for The Assassin, ahead of its screening at the New York Film Festival.

“I shot a lot of footage Something like 500,000 feet. When I looked at the footage and realized I didn’t need that much, I cut a lot of it out. Because I only accepted some of the final footage,” said the Taiwanese director, “it flowed in an elliptical way.”

Hsiao-hsien's Cannes Winner

Loosely based on a short story set in the late Tang Dynasty, this instant classic opens in U.S. theaters on October 16.