Gorgeous, hypnotic, spellbinding….those are just some of the superlatives that have been used to describe Hou Hsiao-hsien‘s “The Assassin.” The director’s martial arts magnum opus has been years in the making and the wait has been worth it. Winning Best Director at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and picking up accolades at each stop at various festivals around the globe (it most recently stopped at the Toronto Film Festival, where it was one of our favorites), the picture has earned incredible buzz and demands to be seen on the big screen at an arthouse near you.
Today we have the exclusive poster for “The Assassin,” which you can check out below. Chang Chen and Shu Qi lead the movie that follows an assassin who has been trained in exile and who is sent on a mission back to her hometown. Here’s the official synopsis:
“The Assassin” opens in limited release on October 16th. Hou Hsiao-hsien himself will be making stops in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The picture will screen at the New York Film Festival, will close Beyond Fest, and is Taiwan’s entry for the Oscars.