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Nie yin niang

Hou Hsiao-hsien Taiwan, 2015

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.