Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien • Taiwan
A breathtaking martial-arts film that won the Best Director prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, The Assassin chronicles a complex web of betrayals when a young killer seeks to assassinate a high-level official at the end of China’s Tang Dynasty. Gorgeous composition and choreography, with pitch-perfect attention to period detail and a mesmerizing central performance by Shu Qi, define this singular take on the wuxia genre.
Run Time: 120 Min.
Festival Program: Highlight
Richard & Isabella Ehrie