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The Assassin (2015)

Nie yin niang (original title)
An assassin accepts a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in seventh-century China.

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Tian Ji'an
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Nie Yinniang
Yun Zhou ...
Lady Tian
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The Mirror Polisher
Dahong Ni ...
Nie Feng
Mei Yong ...
Yinniang' Mother
Zhen Yu Lei ...
Tien Xing (Yinniang's Uncle)
Nikki Hsin-Ying Hsieh ...
Huji (as Hsieh Hsin-Ying)
Ethan Juan ...
Xia Jing (as Juan Ching-Tian)
Fang-yi Sheu ...
Princess Jiacheng / Princess-Nun Jiaxin
Jacques Picoux ...
Lady Tian's Teacher
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Chiang Nu
Fang Mei ...
Yinniang' Grandmother
Chun Shih
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8th 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. Written by Ipsith

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$613,556 (USA) (11 December 2015)
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The Assassin is Taiwan's official entry to the 2015 foreign-language Oscar race. See more »

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Yes it is pretty! But it is too slow and the camera lingers on nothing for too long.
8 November 2015 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I was to bored to finish it so it gets a 1.

Pretty film. But that is not enough.

It is like the director maintained static shots for too long and then doubled the length of time just to be extra annoying.

Just because the it is deliberately over slowed does not make it an art house film.

The dialogue is inadequate, the continuity terrible. It could have been great but the director has over worked it to try and make it "culty" or "arty". It just does not work.

Don't watch it unless you want to sleep.

All this said and done it might be more fun in an IMAX where the enormous prettiness might be worth it.


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