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In an online free live stream conference the Asian Film Award Academy announced the list of nominees for the 10th Asian Film Awards. The Assassin (Taiwan) by Hsiao-Hsien Hou lead the list with 9 nominations (Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Sound), Then comes Bajirao Mastani (India) by Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Best Film, Best Editing, Best Original Music, Best Costume Design and Best Visual Effects) and Port of Call (Hong Kong) by Philip Yung (Best Supporting Actress, Best Newcomer, Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Cinematography) with 5 nominations each. Mountains May Depart (China) by Jia Zhang Ke, Mr. Six (China) by Guan Hu and Veteran (South Korea) by Ryoo Seung-wan have 4 nominations each.
- Sebastian Nadilo
Acclaimed at Cannes, martial arts film The Assassin finally arrives in UK cinemas today. Ryan checks it out...
The martial arts genre often thrives on astonishing feats of agility, precise choreography and kinetic, frame-perfect editing. Not so The Assassin, Taiwanese director Hsiao-Hsien Hou's acclaimed period piece; here, the camera lingers observantly. Characters move in and out of exquisitely dressed and lit sets with a quiet hush. This isn't so much a typical martial arts film as a Hong Kong Barry Lyndon.
Taking place in the 8th century, The Assassin is about Nie Yinnang (Shu Qi) an efficient and deadly killer trained by a white-haired nun (Fang-Yi Shue). When Yinnang fails to execute a government official because of the presence of one of his young children, the nun dispatches Yinnang to the province of Weibo. There, Yinnang's ordered to kill another governor - this one her own cousin, »
The venerable, Taiwanese filmmaker Hsiao-hsien Hou has persistently transcended the tropes of the genre in which he is tackling. With a career behind the camera spanning 35 years, presenting features such as A Time to Live, a Time to Die to the more recent endeavours Three Times and Flight of the Red Balloon, here is
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- Stefan Pape
Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s period martial arts drama The Assassin, Taiwan’s entry for the Foreign Language Oscar race that has made the Academy’s shortlist, picked up the Fipresci Prize at the Palm Springs Film Festival, which announced its juried winners today. The fest, which officially wraps Monday, will announce its audience awards winners Sunday. It has become a must-stop on the awards circuit in the Foreign Language Oscar run-up. Set in ninth century China during a time of… »
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