Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21
Directed by: Hou Hsiao-hsien
Starring: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun and Tsumabuki Satoshi
Taiwan | 2015 | 104 min | Blu-ray | Mandarin w/subtitles
Back with his first film in eight years, Taiwanese legendary director Hou Hsiao-hsien wowed the world with this awe-inspiring and wondrous take on the traditional martial arts film. The story is simple, if elusive - in 9th-century China, Nie Yin-niang 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. In 2015, The Assassin garnered top awards at all major film festivals in Asia and also won the most prestigious Best Director Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Asian Pop-Up Cinema is proud to show it on the anniversary of its debut N. America release.
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