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The Assassin

‘The Assassin’ Director on Taiwan’s Oscar Entry: “I Don’t Want My Films to Be Mere Fantasy”

Hou Hsiao-hsien's realistic martial arts tale centers on a young woman struggling to accomplish the mission of killing her tyrannous warlord cousin: "I don't really care that much about what people call this film."

Oscars: Taiwan Selects ‘The Assassin’ for Foreign-Language Category

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s period epic has dazzled critics with its accomplished visual style and won the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

‘The Assassin’: Cannes Review

Shu Qi plays a mysterious female assassin whose heart gets in the way in Hou Hsiao-Hsien's first martial arts film.