READ MORE: Watch: Cannes-Winning Martial Arts Epic ‘The Assassin’ Slays with First Teaser
The Taiwanese director, whose previous films include such contemplative dramas as “Three Times” and “Café Lumière,” received the Best Director prize at Cannes for his work on the film, which has since been announced as Taiwan’s official Oscar entry. The sumptuous trailer, which gives us a glimpse into the stunning visual language and pulsating energy of the film, promises a world of wuxia film like we have never seen before.
The official synopsis reads, “In 9th-century China, Nie Yinniang is a young woman who was abducted in childhood from the family of 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 former betrothed. 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.”
“The Assassin” will hit U.S. theaters October 16. Catch the stunning poster below and watch the U.S. trailer above.