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The Assassin (2015)

Cìkè Niè Yinniáng (original title)
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A female assassin receives a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in eighth-century China.

Director:

Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Writers:

Cheng Ah (screenplay) (as Zhong Acheng), T'ien-wen Chu (screenwriter) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 30 wins & 62 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Qi Shu ... Nie Yinniang
Chen Chang ... Tian Ji'an, governor of Weibo
Yun Zhou Yun Zhou ... Lady Tian
Satoshi Tsumabuki ... The Mirror Polisher
Dahong Ni ... Provost Nie Feng
Mei Yong Mei Yong ... Yinniang' Mother
Zhen Yu Lei Zhen Yu Lei ... Tien Xing (Yinniang's Uncle)
Nikki Hsieh ... Huji,Tian Ji'an's concubine (as Hsieh Hsin-ying)
Ethan Juan ... Xia Jing, the aide-de-camp (as Juan Ching-Tian)
Fang-yi Sheu ... Princess Jiacheng / Princess-Nun Jiaxin
Jacques Picoux ... Lady Tian's Teacher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shao-Huai Chang ... Chiang Nu
Ti-Ying Hsueh
Fang Mei ... Yinniang' Grandmother
Chun Shih
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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

china | black magic | wuxia | nun | love | See All (41) »

Genres:

Action | Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Taiwan | China | Hong Kong | France

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

27 August 2015 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

The Assassin See more »

Filming Locations:

Wudang, Hubei Province, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,892, 16 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$613,556, 13 December 2015
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the film, the actors speak classical Chinese which was mostly used for literary texts and almost never spoken. The final version henceforth includes Chinese subtitles. See more »

Quotes

Xia Jing: [subtitled version] The way of the sword is pitiless. Saintly virtues play no part in it.
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Connections

Featured in Dragon Girls (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Rohan / Duc de Rohan
Music by Pierrick Tanguy
Performed by Bagad Men Ha Tan and Doudou N'Diaye Rose
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The Assassin - An Art-house Film for the Iniiatied, Slow and Uneventful
21 October 2015 | by tiger-lion_eternalenemieSee all my reviews

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.

Thank you.


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