As the Chinese New Year approaches, start your celebrations with Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s martial arts masterpiece …
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, winner of the Best Director award at Cannes Film Festival 2015, presents his mesmerising first foray into martial arts.
Breathtakingly elegant and ravishing in its composition, THE ASSASSIN is set in 9th-century China towards the end of the Tang dynasty. Lethal assassin Nie Yinniang (Shu Qi, THREE TIMES, MILLENNIUM MAMBO) fails an important assignment and is sent back to her homeland on the orders of the nun who abducted her as a child and trained her in the deadly arts.
Her new orders, designed to both punish her and eliminate the last vestiges of feeling in her being, are to kill the man to whom she was once betrothed – her cousin, the powerful governor of Weibo, played by Chang Chen (THREE TIMES, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON).
However, Yinniang’s emotions lead her to defy her Mistress and discover a new, unexpected source of strength.
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This offer covers all screenings of THE ASSASSIN at the BFI from 22 January to 4 February 2016 , subject to availability.