Chinese movie "The Assassin.”

  • TheTick Times Tuesday Jan 03, 2017

The Assassin was cooked for lengthy years, by the director of outstanding movies likes A City of Sadness, Dust in the Wind, and The Puppet Master, Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-Hsien. The movie, which delves into medieval history, earned Hou great remarks at the 2015 Cannes. During the reviews, Hou was entitled best director, but did not make it to the Oscar award nomination.

When you are indeed talking about personified beautiful movies of our generation, combined with technologically innovated scenes preserved by colours and lights, pick The Assassin.


Where it All Begins

The story is carved out of the Tang dynasty, and revolves round a female killer martial artist on assignment to murder a man whom she was engaged to.

Nie Yinniang  (Hou regular Shu Qi) was nurtured to live a horror life from childhood. At tender age, she was thought to kill high community officials, especially the corrupt, ranging from court judges to governors.  the remorseless killer does not go around without a mission, and after that fades away like night.


Mission Impossible

Yinniang’s mentor Sheu Fang-yi sent her on a mission to kill two unfaithful aristocrat. The first person had died before Yinniang could strike. However, she failed to kill the second after finding him playing with his son. “First kill the one he loves, then the man himself,” the aggressive master to Yinninag after her return.

As punishment after living an assignment undone, Yinniang was told to kill Tian Ji’an (Chang Chen), the governor of Weibo, her cousin whom she was betrothed to by her father before another decision was made. How that will happen, she thinks. Yinniang whose action remain outstanding, fast in killing and terribly dangerous, was all day in Tian’s palace sending notification to denote her presence, but could not strike.


Unusual Martial-arts Display

Full of imaginary, The Assassin is an embodiment of unusual attributes of martial-arts movies. The movie makes adequate cinematographic display, tells a tale of a master killer who was in a dilemma when told to kill someone dear to her, someone caring for her baby.

With well-refined action scenes, graced by birds’ noises, burning candle blazes, The Assassin is prepared to make lasting impression with a talismanic display of professionalism.

After Yinniang was sent on a hard target, the aftermath designates politics of mind, with loves and warmth regard. The narrative also sends a message about the story of a bird that killed itself after seeing its twin (its same picture) in a mirror placed in front.

Full of ballistic fights of martial art, The Assassin displays magic in its entirety, but it contains balanced show of practicality. The movie shows uncountable numbers attractive paintings, with differing landscapes and home design, and dazzling colours achieved through artistic lenses.


Family Over Power

The love for the family has overpowered Yinniang, but is her master’s demand the final? Will she pay loyalty to his Master who sent her on a mission appearing impossible? Will power not override pity in this condition? Don’t forget she must be dedicated and absolutely obedient to her teacher as part of the tradition of the warriors.

Where some movies makes you sleep, The Assassin gives delight and sends reflections on the cinematic imagery. Hou discerns traditional style from innovation, telling medieval tale with style. The movie is purely a Wuxia film, and a martial-arts story revolving round woman warlord with unmatched prowess, but decided to discard the call of her master, the man who thought her to kill and celebrate.

The movie is truly in part, so uneasy to conclude and may not even be clear to those who have watched many times.

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