The Assassin (2015)
aka Nie yinniang
First screened in September 2015 / Most recently screened in November 2015
Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien. Cast: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Sheu Fang-yi, Lei Zhen Yu, Zhou Yun, Ni Dahong, Yong Mei, Nikki Hsin-Ying Hsieh, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ethan Juan, Chang Shao-Huai, Shih Chun, Mei Fang. Screenplay: Ah Cheng, Chu T'ien-wen, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Hsieh Hai-Meng (based on the story by Pei Xing).

Twitter Capsule: A royal marriage of many lines, sumptuous, as much Unforgiven as Scarlet Empress. Hou's hand still unsteady on story.

VOR:   Storytelling hiccups aside, a compelling embodiment of why many people come to the movies: for art, for excitement, for transportation, for searing color, for moral reflection.

Photo © 2015 SpotFilms/Sil-Metropole Organization/Media Asia Films/Central Motion Pictures/Well Go USA Entertainment

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Cannes Film Festival: Best Director

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