'The Assassin' by Hou Hsiao-hsien
- Chinese Title: 聶隱娘
- Year of Release: 2015
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Hou’s sumptuous take on the classic martial arts genre is a work of strange and subtle power. The ravishing production follows a shadowy assassin whose lethal effectiveness is compromised by her troubled conscience and orders to murder her former betrothed. She must choose between her heart and her assassin’s creed.
Did You Know That … ?
- According to screenwriter Chu Tien-wen (朱天文), Nie Yinniang originally had a total of 16 lines in the film, but only 9 lines were kept after the cut.
- The director had to change the script because of Shu Qi’s acrophobia. His original vision was for the assassin to hide deep in the trees, but she yelped with each leap, so the tree was changed to a beam.
- Hou Hsiao-hsien has stated that his concept of wuxia is based on speed and precision, in which there is no room for drawn-out fight scenes since a skillful practitioner would only need one or two moves to disarm and win.