Classic Taiwanese Films

The Assassin

Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien

2015, 105m.

Cast: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Yun Zhou

During the ninth century, a general’s young daughter is kidnapped and trained to become an exceptional assassin. When she doesn’t execute a mission, she is ordered to kill her betrothed, forcing her to choose between love, family and the assassins.

“The Assassin’ is a picture of breathtaking beauty. Filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien, in collaboration with director of photography Mark Lee Ping Bing, has so rigorously composed his shots that every frame looks like a painting…” – Soren Andersen, Seattle Times