THE ASSASSIN (Chinese: 刺客聂隐娘) is a martial arts film directed by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien. It was screened in the main competition section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes 2015), where Hou won the award for Best Director. The film stars Shu Qi (舒淇), Chang Chen (张震), Zhou Yun(周韵), Satoshi Tsumabuki (妻夫木聪), Hsieh Hsin-Ying (谢欣颖), Ethan Juan (阮经天), and Sheu Fang-Yi (许芳宜).
9th century China. 10-year-old general’s daughter Nie Yinniang (Shu Qi) is abducted by a nun who initiates her into the martial arts, transforming her into an exceptional assassin charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors. One day, having failed in a task, she is sent back by her mistress to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised - a cousin who now leads the largest military region in North China. After 13 years of exile, the young woman must confront her parents, her memories and her long-repressed feelings.
A slave to the orders of her mistress, Nie Yinniang must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.
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