It’s one thing to utilize fancy camerawork in order to impress an audience—that’s almost too easy. It is entirely another to mesmerize viewers with nothing but a few well-chosen frames. By all accounts, Hou Hsiao-Hsien has done just that with “The Assassin” this year at the Cannes Film Festival. You can take a look at more of his gorgeous style in this new, full-length, English subtitled trailer for the film.
Chang Chen and Shu Qi star in the 9th century tale set in China that follows an assassin—raised and trained in exile—who is sent on a mission back to her hometown. Here’s the synopsis from Cannes:
9th century China. 10-year-old general’s daughter Nie Yinniang 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.
Well Go Entertainment will release the picture in the United States, but no date has been set just yet. Watch below. [Vlicious]