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
The Assassin - An Art-house Film for the Iniiatied, Slow and Uneventful
I will write a review without spoiler.
Having watched this in Singapore, and I have checked the box office for it in Asia countries and of course in China, I can see why it flopped.
This is one the the movies which has the highest re-fund rates in Mainland china and highest rate of people leaving the theater halfway.
The director is of course known for his slow-moving and art-house story lines but the truth is the 2.5hours could be spent better illustrating a more fulfilling and eventful story.
The trailers worked as marketing plot as audiences thought it would be like Donnie Yen's WuXia(Dragon) or Wong Kar Wai's Grandmasters. While both the above film are Wu-xia genre films with great storyline, action and eventful plot, the assassin comes across as a boring and slow-moving movie.
I hope that my honest review does not turn anyone off, and it would be wise for you to save your money and your time instead of using your phone in the theaters because the movie is too boring.
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