Hou Hsiao-hsien‘s acclaimed martial arts drama “The Assassin” (ISA: Wild Bunch) has been selected as the Taiwanese Oscar entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category, the country’s Ministry of Culture announced today.
The decision doesn’t come as a surprise given the high praise the epic film received after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival back in May where it won the Best Director award.
Described by critics as a visually stunning work, the film is set during 9th century China, the Tang Dynasty-period, and centers on a young woman who has been training to become a deadly assassin since childhood. The daughter of a general, her mission is to bring down the ruling tyranny. Actress Qi Shu stars in the leading role of Nie Yinniang.
The film open locally on August 28 and to date has grossed NT$30 million (US$920,802).
Hsiao-hsien has represented his homeland in two previous occasions with “A City of Sadness” and “Flowers of Shanghai.” The only Taiwanese film to ever win the Academy Award is Ang Lee’s masterpiece “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”