CHINESE CINEMA FESTIVAL IN RUSSIA - 2017

THE ASSASSIN

Producer Huang Wen-Ying
Cheung Hong Tat
Liao Ching-Song
Scriptwriter Cheng Ah
Chu T'ien-wen
Hou Hsiao-hsien
Director Hou Hsiao-hsien
Director of Photography Lee Ping Bin
Sound
Composer Lim Giong
Production Designer
Production Central Motion Pictures
China Dream Film Culture Industry
Media Asia Films
Sil-Metropole Organisation
SpotFilms
Zhejiang Huace Film & TV
Timing 105 min.
Year 2015
Age restriction 16+
Country China
Taiwan
Hong Kong
France
Cinema Date/Time
KOSMOS THEATRE 4 September 14:00
DOM KINO 6 September 19:00
Cast:

Shu Qi
Chang Chen
Sheu Fang

 

 

The film is set in China during the years of the Tang Dynasty. Having lost faith in their ruler, provinces become stronger day by day. A kidnapped 10-year-old girl, Yinniang, is handed over to nuns who initiate her into martial arts, transforming her into an exceptional assassin who is directed to slay corrupt local governors. Once she is sent to complete another task to the land of her birth, the northern town of Ninbo, to kill its governor Tian Ji'an – to whom she had been betrothed back in her childhood. The protagonist must make a moral choice: violate the order of the Emperor to save the man she loves or stick forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.

The film director Hou Hsiao-hsien, who is a worldwide renowned master of author cinema, shifted the focus from the plot itself. Martial arts and ancient interior scenes, close shots of characters, spellbinding landscapes, noises, soundtrack and slow-moving, almost static, pace of storytelling – everything creates a wonderful, amazing screening.