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The Assassin ()

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.

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  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 30 wins & 61 nominations.
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Nie Yinniang
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Tian Ji'an, governor of Weibo
Yun Zhou ...
Lady Tian
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The Mirror Polisher
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Provost Nie Feng
Mei Yong ...
Yinniang' Mother
Zhen Yu Lei ...
Tien Xing (Yinniang's Uncle)
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Huji,Tian Ji'an's concubine (as Hsieh Hsin-ying)
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Xia Jing, the aide-de-camp (as Juan Ching-Tian)
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Princess Jiacheng / Princess-Nun Jiaxin
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Lady Tian's Teacher
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Chiang Nu
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Yinniang' Grandmother

Directed by

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Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Written by

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Cheng Ah ... (screenplay) (as Zhong Acheng)
 
T'ien-wen Chu ... (screenwriter)
 
Hsiao-Hsien Hou ... (screenplay) (as Hsiao-hsien Hou)
 
Hai-Meng Hsieh ... (screenplay)
 
Xing Pei ... (short story)

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Yi-Qi Chen ... executive producer (as Chen Yiqi)
Hong Tat Cheung ... administrative producer
Tai-Chiang Gou ... executive producer
Hsiao-Hsien Hou ... executive producer (as Hsiao-hsien Hou) / producer (as Hsiao-hsien Hou)
Wen-Ying Huang ... producer
Peter Lam ... executive producer
Ching-Song Liao ... producer (as Liao Ching-Sung)
Kuen Lin ... executive producer
Yue Ren ... co-producer
Stephen Shin ... co-producer
Stanley Tong ... administrative producer
Tzu-Hsien Tung ... executive producer

Music by

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Giong Lim

Cinematography by

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Ping Bin Lee ... (as Mark Lee Ping Bing)

Film Editing by

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Chih-Chia Huang ... (edited by)
Ching-Song Liao ... (editing director) (as Liao Ching-Sung)

Editorial Department

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Ian Lin ... trailer editor

Production Design by

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Wen-Ying Huang

Art Direction by

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Ding-Yang Weng

Costume Design by

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Wen-Ying Huang ... (as Hwarng Wern-Ying)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Chih-Chia Huang ... script supervisor

Art Department

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Erica Wei Ju Chang ... art assistant

Sound Department

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Chia-Ying Chan ... post sound coordinator / sound editor
Guan-Ting Chen ... assistant location sound
Lien-Chen Chiang ... sound editor
Tsung-Cheng Cho ... boom operator
Shih Yi Chu ... location audio mixer
Yi-Ching Du ... sound editor
Kelsey Liu ... sound editor
Chun-Tang Tu ... assistant location sound
Duu-Chih Tu ... sound mixer
Tse Kang Tu ... adr recordist / sound editor
Chien-Wei Wu ... assistant location sound
Shu-yao Wu ... sound editor / sound mixer

Special Effects by

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Ardi Lee ... special effects

Stunts

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Ming Zhe Liu ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ching-Tse Lee ... first assistant camera

Other crew

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Charles-Edouard Renault ... legal counsel
Wei Tung ... martial arts consultant (as Tung Wai Stephen)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Nie Yin Niang (China, Mandarin title)
  • The Assassin (France)
  • The Assassin (World-wide, English title)
  • The Assassin (United States)
  • The Assassin (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 105 min
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Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2016). See more »
Soundtracks Rohan / Duc de Rohan 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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