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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. 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 thirteen 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. Taiwan’s official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 2016 Academy Awards.
Hou Hsiao-Hsien | Taiwan | 2015 | 107 min
Please Note: No Screening on Sunday Dec. 6, 2015