The Assassin

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  104 min.
Release Date: October 30, 2015 - Toronto - October 30, 2015 - Toronto
DVD: January 26, 2016

Current rating: Rating: 3.80
based on 12 votes and 2 reviews
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Cast: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun, Satoshi Tsumabuki


A beautiful assassin (Shu Qi) is sent to kill the powerful lord who was once her betrothed.

Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Studio: Well Go USA Entertainment
Producer(s): Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Screenplay: Chu Tien-Wen, Hsieh Hai-Meng, Zhong Acheng

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  • 5 stars "This film is absolutely magical. People (some North American audiences) hoping to witness a standard action movie will undoubtably be disappointed but fans of Hou Hsiao Hsien's films, Flight of the Red Balloon, and Three Times will be transfixed by his latest effort. Yes, the film is deliberately slow paced, all the better to allow the many hallucinartory scenes to burrow into the subconscious. I did not want this film to end."
  • 3 stars "What critics love at Cannes does not always work in North America. Visually sumptuous, the Assassin fails to tell a story. Sadly lacking in narrative, the cinematography cannot save this film. The slow pace of this movie could not hold my attention. I found myself drifting off to sleep in the middle of it. I woke up to find out that I did not miss very much when the end of the movie came along."