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The Assassin (2015)

Cìkè Niè Yinniáng (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 27 August 2015 (China)
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A female assassin receives a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in eighth-century China.



(screenplay) (as Zhong Acheng), (screenwriter) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 28 wins & 60 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Nie Yinniang
Tian Ji'an
Yun Zhou ...
Lady Tian
The Mirror Polisher
Dahong Ni ...
Provost Nie Feng
Mei Yong ...
Yinniang' Mother
Zhen Yu Lei ...
Tien Xing (Yinniang's Uncle)
Huji (as Hsieh Hsin-Ying)
Xia Jing (as Juan Ching-Tian)
Princess Jiacheng / Princess-Nun Jiaxin
Lady Tian's Teacher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chiang Nu
Yinniang' Grandmother
Chun Shih


In 8th century China, 10-year-old general's daughter Nie Yinniang is handed over to 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 betrothed - a cousin who now leads the largest independent 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. Written by Ipsith

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china | black magic | wuxia | nun | love | See All (40) »


Action | Drama | History


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Release Date:

27 August 2015 (China)  »

Also Known As:

The Assassin  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$47,892 (USA) (16 October 2015)


$613,556 (USA) (11 December 2015)

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Throughout the shooting, more than 500,000 feet of film was shot. See more »


Xia Jing: [subtitled version] The way of the sword is pitiless. Saintly virtues play no part in it.
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2016) See more »


Rohan / Duc de Rohan
Music by Pierrick Tanguy
Performed by Bagad Men Ha Tan and Doudou N'Diaye Rose
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User Reviews

Very very confusing
28 January 2016 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I consider myself a person who usually does not have a hard time understanding what is going on in movies - even the ones that require some thought from the viewer :) But during this movie, I almost never knew what was going on. It sounds absurd when I say it - but in many of the later scenes of the movie, I really did not know who the characters were or what they were trying to accomplish.

The pace of the movie is extremely slow, that could have been acceptable if it was made in a good way - which unfortunately is not the case.

The action sequences are well done and I cant fault the acting, but that does not save this terrible movie.

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