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Info: THE ASSASSIN

THE ASSASSIN (NR)
1 hrs, 46 mins
RELEASE:
10/16/2015
CAST:
Chang Chen, Tsumabuki Satoshi, Shu Qi, Zhou Yun
DIRECTOR:
Hou Hsiao-Hsien

TICKETS / San Francisco East Bay / Shattuck Cinemas

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Famed director Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon, Flowers of Shanghai, The Puppetmaster) won the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival for this transcendently beautiful film. Creating his first martial arts film, Hou alternates mesmerizing long takes with flashes of explosive action. In 9th century China, Nie Yinniang, a general’s daughter, is abducted as a child by a nun and initiated into the martial arts, transformed into a sacred assassin charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors. Mistress of uncanny stealth and speed, she seems able to move with near invisibility where she will. After 13 years of exile Yinniang (Shu Qi, The Transporter) is sent back by her mistress to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised—a cousin who now leads the largest military region in North China. She must confront her long-repressed feelings and choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins. (Fully subtitled)

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