, , | 2015 | 120 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Thursday November 19, 2015

$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Directed by Hsiao-Hsien Hou


THE ASSASSIN is a 2015 martial arts film directed by Taiwanese director Hsiao-Hsien Hou. The film is set during the Tang Dynasty-period in Chinese history, in 9th century China. It centers on Nie Yinniang, a female killer appointed to slay corrupt government officals by her master, Jiaxin, a nun who raised her from the age of ten. When Yinniang displays mercy by failing to kill during her duties, Jiaxing punishes her with a ruthless assignment designed to test Yinniang’s resolve. She is sent to the distant province/circuit of Weibo in northern China, which is led by the military governor Tian Ji’an, her cousin, to whom she had been betrothed. Technically a “wuxia” film  martial arts, swordplay, the whoosh of arrows in flight – it is much more a film of stillness, quiet, and beauty.

In Mandarin with English subtitles.


"Hou's kinetic yet serene approach to martial arts is like watching a fast-moving river. It's less about the plot and body count and more about contemplating a story rich in symbols and multiple meanings." -Peter Howell, Toronto Star

"The Assassin is one of the most flat-out beautiful movies of the last decade, and also one of the most puzzling." - Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Clubassassin2

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