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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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$613,556 (USA) (11 December 2015)
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Hou Hsiao-hsien's seventh film that competed for the Palme d'Or. See more »

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10 December 2015 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

i'll start off by saying I like slow movies. I like movies that tell stories through cinematography, editing, sound design. I like to watch movie and feast in the details and bits that the movie carefully exposes. But this movie... I mean, I know there was a history in there, in the middle of the odd editing and weird characters and dialog. But did I care at all? Did I, at any point, looked for the meaning, the motivations? Well... I tried too. I started the movie with a piece of paper and a pen, taking notes, writing the names of characters, trying to make sense of this good- looking mess. But at 30 minutes, I just gave up. It's not the Mallick type of movie, where you don't know exactly what's going on, but you feel that it's okay, it's a subjective experience. The Assassin is like that pretentious friend that uses a colorful, bright, beautiful prose to talk about something you don't get it, and you don't want to get it. You admire its beauty, but... you just don't care. It's not a beauty that touches, it's a beauty that dares, but you just don't get anything. I don't like to say something is pretentious, but I wouldn't be able do find another word. The Assassin is neither style or substance. I don't see a reason to watch it again, or recommend it.


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