13 Years of Exile – The Assassin (Official Trailer)

One of our top picks to see at this years BFI London Film Festival, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s beautiful looking The Assassin already looks to be one of the stand out films next year.

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.

THE ASSASSIN marks legendary director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s first foray into the Wuxia genre, a critically praised and lavishly beautiful spectacle that earned him Best Director at 2015 Cannes Film Festival and a standout 5 Golden Horse awards including Best Film, Best Direction and Best Cinematography at the Golden Horse Festival, Taiwan, last month.