The assassin

The assassin

Streaming Video - 2015 | Chinese
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Back with his first film in 8 years, legendary Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien wowed this year's Cannes Film Festival (where he won Best Director) with his awe-inspiring THE ASSASSIN ????? - a wondrous take on the traditional wuxia film. The story is simple, if elusive - in 9th-century China, Nie Yinniang is a young woman who was abducted in childhood from 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 betrothed husband-to-be. 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. Rich with shimmering, breathing texture and punctuated by brief but unforgettable bursts of action, THE ASSASSIN ????? is a martial arts film like none made before it.
Publisher: [United States] : Well Go USA : Made available through hoopla, 2015
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 105 min.)) : sd., col

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tuan_canada
Mar 10, 2017

I am an Asian man, and I have watched countless bad movies in my life, but this one, oh!!! it tops them all. I am so sorry, I could not finish the movie.

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JLIOlib
Mar 07, 2017

unnecessary slow motions... and a lot of them!

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dwightmoody
Oct 23, 2016

If you want a beautiful movie you've come to the right place. This is film for Jim Jarmusch fans. The camera is making paintings. The actors aren't afraid to be quiet and still. The fights are few and shortly over. The plot is, honestly, a little hard to follow but it is also somewhat beside the point.

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Nursebob
Oct 11, 2016

Curiously filmed in a 4:3 ratio, director Hou Hsiao-Hsien nevertheless manages to fill his small screen with ravishing asymmetrical mise-en-scènes delineated by rich silks and guttering candles, mountain peaks and forest roads, sylvan waterfalls and moss-covered boulders. Those expecting a martial arts actioner will walk away disappointed for this is a slow, languorous piece of art whose frustratingly opaque storyline takes a backseat to its visual pageantry.

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twzrhd
Aug 26, 2016

If you enjoy long pauses, looking at distant mountains, and no plot, video stuck on a scene, than this is for you. Any DVD at redbox will be a better movie! This is lots of video of the movie that never was.

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jimg2000
Aug 16, 2016

Film critics apparently loved the cinematography of this martial art film with artful production sets and the mystic Wudang mountain 武当山 as backdrop. The story itself was very cryptic, with little dialogue as if Cliff Notes from the novel Nie Yinniang (聶隱娘, Niè Yǐnniáng) by Pei Xing (裴铏) who wrote the short novella during the Tang Dynasty. The long takes within fixed frames could be excessive to some but a feast for the eye. (More on the story in "Summary.".) Look at these approval ratings:
6.4/10 IMDb, 79% Rotten Tomatoes and 80% Metacritic.

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jing88wei
Aug 08, 2016

Slow going, artsy pictures, not much action

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jlt246
Jul 21, 2016

If you like low-brow cheap thrills, look elsewhere. This film won so many awards for its sumptuous attention to detail, rendering every scene like a painting. It's a film for cinephiles, art house aficionados, artists and those that appreciate ART. So don't go calling something crap when you don't even know what it is. If this is not your cup of tea, go back to watching dumb reality TV.

d2013 Jun 10, 2016

Done in a contained manner but still a beautiful film, you just have to bring a dose of patience for this one.

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TheSandoz
Jun 03, 2016

Pretentious twaddle.

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jimg2000
Aug 16, 2016

Intro:
In 7th century China, the Tang Dynasty is in decline. The Imperial Court seeks to protect itself by establishing garrisons at the frontiers of its empire. Two centuries later, the militarized provinces waver
in their loyalty to the Court. Some move to distance themselves from the Emperor's control. At that time, Weibo asserts itself as the strongest of those provinces.
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... Since then, the Court is the Court and Weibo is Weibo. The Princess implemented that decisive break. When her son Tian Ji'an came of age, she divided two matching jades: One to her son, one to you. She wished the two of you to maintain the imperial edict. To be resolute in preserving the peace between the Imperial Court and Weibo.

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jimg2000
Aug 16, 2016

The Bluebird:
The King of Kophen's bluebird failed to sing for three years. One day the Queen remarked: Birds sing only to their own kind, set the bird before a mirror! The King heeded her advice. The bluebird saw its own image, it sang of its sadness, it danced, until it expired.
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Princess Jiacheng taught me the zither. She told me a story about a bluebird's dance. She herself was the bluebird. She left the Court for Weibo all by herself. There was no one like her in Weibo.

The job:
You have mastered the sword but your heart lacks resolve. I shall return you to Weibo to kill your cousin. Tian Ji'an.

The Assassin's mind:
The way of the sword is pitiless. Saintly virtues play no part in it. Your skills are matchless, but your mind is hostage to human sentiments.

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biny
May 29, 2016

Filming Locations:
- Kyoto, Japan(castle park and garden)
- Wudang, Hubei Province, China(Wudang Mountains)(Nun's temple in prologue:Nanyan Temple)
- Jia Jiu Liao, Wulai District, New Taipei City, Taiwan(forest canopy)
- Dajiu Lake, Shennongjia Forestry District, Hubei Province, China(closing scenes,Yinniang attended to by mirror polisher)
- Cilan Forest Recreation Area, Datong Township, Yilan, Taiwan
- Central Motion Picture Corporation Studios, Taipei, Taiwan
- Nara, Japan
- Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple, Himeji, Japan(magician's house)
- Inner Mongolia, China(pursuit scenes)

湖北: 武当山南岩、神农架大九湖湿地、利川腾龙洞、随州银杏谷
内蒙古赤峰 红山军马场(序场刺杀大僚 饯别田兴 白桦林对战精精儿)
山西平遥 平遥古城瓮城(元家杀手出城)
河北涿州 涿州影视城(隐娘田季安屋顶交手)

日本奈良 地狱谷新池、若草山、海龙王寺、等弥神社 (忽那汐里舞别妻夫木聪)
日本京都 东映太秦映画村 (妻夫木聪 忽那汐里)
日本京都 大觉寺、高台寺、东福寺、清凉寺、平安神宫 (片头出片名 寺庙空景 庭园 瑚姬遇袭阁道)
日本姬路 书写山圆教寺(序场道姑训示隐娘 阮经天带领中军围击空空儿)

台湾台北 中影文化城 原木搭景(聂府 田府 瑚姬寓所)
台湾宜兰 九寮溪(妻夫木聪溪边救人)
台湾宜兰 栖兰山神木群 (师徒对决)

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jimg2000
Aug 16, 2016

A. From Wikipedia, Excerpt: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nie_Yinniang#cite_note-A-1

Nie Yinniang (Chinese: 聶隱娘, Niè Yǐnniáng) is a short story written in Classical Chinese by Pei Xing, a Chinese writer lived during the Tang Dynasty.[1] The story is set in 9th century China and tells the story of Nie Yinniang who was trained in martial art from a young age. She is the daughter of Nie Feng, a general under the command of the Tang Dynasty's famous Tian Ji'an. The story was published in the collection Feixingchuanqi (Chinese: 裴鉶传奇).

B. Short story 唐传奇·聂隐娘 from the Tang Dynasty web link:
https://www.douban.com/note/199154545/

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