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The Assassin

5.6
2,806
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Original title
Nie yin niang (The Assassin)aka
AKA
  • The assassin
Year
Running time
105 min.
Country
Taiwan Taiwan
Director
Screenwriter
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Chu Tien-Wen, A. Cheng
Music
Giong Lim
Cinematography
Ping Bin Lee
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Taiwan-China-Hong Kong-France; Central Motion Pictures / China Dream Film Culture Industry / Media Asia Films / Sil-Met ropole Organisation / SpotFilms / Zhejiang Huace Film, TV
Genre
Drama. Action | Martial Arts. 8th Century
Synopsis / Plot
The film is set in 8th century China during last years of the Tang Dynasty. The film centers on Nie Yinniang (Shu Qi), an assassin who is directed to slay corrupt government officials 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, Jiaxin 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 to kill its military governor Tian Ji'an — her cousin to whom she had once been betrothed.
Awards
2015: Cannes Film Festival: Best Director
2015: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
2015: Satellite Awards: Best Costume Design. 2 Nominations
2015: Critics Choice Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
2015: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 2 Nom. incl. Best Foreign Language Film
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