It’s Tang Dynasty China, circa 850 AD. Young, female assassin Nie Yinniang (Shu) refuses to go through with the killing of a man with young children.
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.
Set in 9th-century China during the Tang Dynasty, a general’s daughter (Qi Shu) who had been abducted as a child and trained by a nun in the martial arts, returns to her birthplace after thirteen years to kill the governor (Chen Chang) to whom she was once slated to marry.
Sight & Sound has announced that their heavily anticipated annual Films of the Year poll has awarded Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s “The Assassin” with its top spot. The film was voted on by 168 UK and international film critics, who nominated their top five picks for best films of the year.