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The Assassin

Nie yin niang

Disutradarai oleh Hou Hsiao-hsien
Taiwan, 2015
Drama, Sejarah, Laga


8th century China. 10-year-old general’s daughter Nie Yinniang is abducted by a nun who initiates her into the martial arts, transforming her into an exceptional assassin charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors.

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The Assassin Disutradarai oleh Hou Hsiao-hsien
The Assassin" is extraordinarily beautiful. The film’s editing and narrative construction are, however, no less remarkable. For all its exquisitely furnished interiors and fantastic landscapes, “The Assassin” is far too eccentric to ever seem picturesque. Nor does it unfold like a typical wuxia. Mayhem is abrupt, brief and fragmentary — predicated on suave jump-cuts and largely devoid of special effects.
February 05, 2016
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The Assassin is diffuse to the point of total incomprehension… Upon closer examination, however, the obtuseness of Hou’s film reveals a careful synchronization between the protagonist’s emotional state and the clarity of the structure.
January 26, 2016
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There is no risk of overstating the alternating manic and woozy pleasure of The Assassin. Like the lavish textiles that help divide the rooms of its Tang Dynasty courts, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s wuxia layers texture upon texture, masterfully obscuring detail to create a one of a kind cinematic experience.
January 21, 2016
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  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film The Assassin

    SWORD STORY, ENTER THE WOLRD OF WUXIA. Between hieratic plans & dazzling accelerations, a magnificent, fascinating & dizzying story of chivalry. The captivating magic & the bewitching mysteries of 12th century will carry you away. ==== Entre plans hiératiques & accélérations fulgurantes, une grandiose histoire de chevalerie, fascinante & étourdissante, dont la captivante magie & le mystère envoûtant vous emporteront.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film The Assassin

    A defiant and unique Wuxia film that strays very far from the typical styles and tropes used in the genre. Watching this film was like being on top of a mountain and taking in the biggest breath of fresh air and it deconstructs the Wuxia genre akin to The Killing of a Chinese Bookie did to the noir movie. I need to see more Hou Hsiao-Hsien films.

  • FilmEdie's rating of the film The Assassin

    Decadent cinematography and immaculate attention to historic and symbolic detail, the nuances of which doubtless remained largely opaque to my North American perspective. A slow and subtle wuxia made and acted so skilfully that it did feel like a shame there wasn't a bit more to it's surface-story as well. Probably my unexamined Western entitlement. Still... 3.75

  • Stephane Tanaka's rating of the film The Assassin

    HHH is NOT King Hu. Shitty, lame, and simplistic story, just 1 or 2 ideas, no tension, no atmosphere (the few there is is annihilated by the killing pace and some empty static shot ala Ozu), a lot of boredom, and ugly dv pictures. I don't get it. Beautiful costumes, awesome landscapes, great scenery, all wasted by a go-pro or smartphone picture o_O. Long live King Hu! I'll rewatch Touch of Zen or Dragon gate inn <3

  • Slow Immersion's rating of the film The Assassin

    I confess that I was rather impressed with the premise, in the sense of an artistic, and formally interesting martial arts film. Not many directors ever attempt to make an artistic action or horror film, but sadly although the colours and scenes are exquisite, thematically it is boring as hell. If this was actually a fusion of a martial arts work with this form, I would have been in love, but there is little action.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film The Assassin

    Needless to say, it will never do to bring the same criteria to bear when assigning stars to different sorts of cinema. Early Hou shakes me up, its stillnesses jittering until they shatter. Subsequent films assumed an ornamental zen serenity, but retained a saving ambiguity that granted dimension to their almost-too-beautiful surfaces. Here, from beneath the audacity of his conceit, Hou emerges as a master-mortician.

  • Jason's rating of the film The Assassin

    This is some serious jaw on the floor shit. My God. None of Hou's subsequent movies have quite risen to the level he maintained in the 90s. The Assassin steadfastly does. This movie is so meticulously mapped out and rigged up that the only suitable way to respond is to surrender wholly to awe. This is a work of art on par w/ anything currently being done in any medium. One finds oneself absolutely immersed.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film The Assassin

    The Assassin is a contemplative gem featuring rich cinematography and an understated martial arts tale full of symbolism. Both the costume design and set design are immaculate, but I know I wasn't the only one in the theater who felt restless from the abbreviated fight scenes. Even still, Hou Hsiao-Hsien has crafted an absorbing film that showcases his attention to detail in every frame.

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