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The assassin

The assassin

Downloadable Video - 2015 | Chinese
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Back with his first film in 8 years, legendary Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien wowed this year's Cannes Film Festival (where he won Best Director) with his awe-inspiring THE ASSASSIN ????? - a wondrous take on the traditional wuxia film. The story is simple, if elusive - in 9th-century China, Nie Yinniang is a young woman who was abducted in childhood from a decorated general and raised by a nun who trained her in the martial arts. After 13 years of exile, she is returned to the land of her birth as an exceptional assassin, with orders to kill her betrothed husband-to-be. She must confront her parents, her memories, and her long-repressed feelings in a choice to sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins. Rich with shimmering, breathing texture and punctuated by brief but unforgettable bursts of action, THE ASSASSIN ????? is a martial arts film like none made before it.
Publisher: [United States] : Well Go USA : Made available through hoopla, 2015
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 105 min.)) : sd., col


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《刺客聶隱娘》侯孝賢執導,舒淇,张震等主演。取材自晚唐裴鉶的短篇小说集《傳奇》。 聶隱娘是大將軍聶鋒之女, 幼時被一道姑擄走, 訓練成武功高超的刺客。 十三年後時值安史之亂,聶隱娘奉師命刺殺幼時好友,她在危機四伏下做的抉擇。

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Dec 07, 2019

Welcome to the land of frozen people, long walks and endless horse rides.
Who's who and motivations are murky. The ending baffles me.

Oct 16, 2018

This movie requires a LOT of patience to put up with the seemingly endless scenes where one or more characters just stand in place, perhaps to look into space or at another character. The Nun is not Catholic as suggested by another review, but some other sect. (Think the female equivalent of a Warrior Monk, but this sect appears to specialize in teaching assassinations. Perhaps the Chinese version of Japanese Ninjas.) The scenery and terrain are spectacular. Choosing to follow orders versus recognizing consequences of actions appears to war in the 'heroine's' inner conflict. If you like lots of action, this is probably NOT the movie for you.

Nov 19, 2017

My first reaction was confusion over who was who - the film was full of guys with identical beards and fine robes, beautifully photographed. I also had little grasp on the politics of the story. And the action was slowwwwwww! (And was she really abducted by a nun as a child to be raised as an assassin? What else did those Catholics get up to?!!) But as the film progressed, I found myself more immersed in it. The cinematography was wonderful, so I was willing to accept a little confusion in exchange for such beauty.

Mar 10, 2017

I am an Asian man, and I have watched countless bad movies in my life, but this one, oh!!! it tops them all. I am so sorry, I could not finish the movie.

Mar 07, 2017

unnecessary slow motions... and a lot of them!

Aug 26, 2016

If you enjoy long pauses, looking at distant mountains, and no plot, video stuck on a scene, than this is for you. Any DVD at redbox will be a better movie! This is lots of video of the movie that never was.

d2013 Jun 10, 2016

Done in a contained manner but still a beautiful film, you just have to bring a dose of patience for this one.

May 29, 2016

Chinese literature.
Chinese in Tang Dynasty.

If you like the landscapes, you can watch the dvd 'Images d'Orient' for Chinese painting, and read some Tang poems.

May 28, 2016

boring, I kept thinking they were taking it slow to build up towards a big climax where lots of action would happen, but it never did.
don't waste your time

Apr 12, 2016

Boring, couldn't finish.

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May 29, 2016

Filming Locations:
- Kyoto, Japan(castle park and garden)
- Wudang, Hubei Province, China(Wudang Mountains)(Nun's temple in prologue:Nanyan Temple)
- Jia Jiu Liao, Wulai District, New Taipei City, Taiwan(forest canopy)
- Dajiu Lake, Shennongjia Forestry District, Hubei Province, China(closing scenes,Yinniang attended to by mirror polisher)
- Cilan Forest Recreation Area, Datong Township, Yilan, Taiwan
- Central Motion Picture Corporation Studios, Taipei, Taiwan
- Nara, Japan
- Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple, Himeji, Japan(magician's house)
- Inner Mongolia, China(pursuit scenes)

湖北: 武当山南岩、神农架大九湖湿地、利川腾龙洞、随州银杏谷
内蒙古赤峰 红山军马场(序场刺杀大僚 饯别田兴 白桦林对战精精儿)
山西平遥 平遥古城瓮城(元家杀手出城)
河北涿州 涿州影视城(隐娘田季安屋顶交手)

日本奈良 地狱谷新池、若草山、海龙王寺、等弥神社 (忽那汐里舞别妻夫木聪)
日本京都 东映太秦映画村 (妻夫木聪 忽那汐里)
日本京都 大觉寺、高台寺、东福寺、清凉寺、平安神宫 (片头出片名 寺庙空景 庭园 瑚姬遇袭阁道)
日本姬路 书写山圆教寺(序场道姑训示隐娘 阮经天带领中军围击空空儿)

台湾台北 中影文化城 原木搭景(聂府 田府 瑚姬寓所)
台湾宜兰 九寮溪(妻夫木聪溪边救人)
台湾宜兰 栖兰山神木群 (师徒对决)


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