The Assassin. 2015. Taiwan. Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien. 107 min.
One of the most celebrated films to come out of the Cannes film festival—Hou justifiably won the festival’s Best Director prize—The Assassin is wuxia at its best, an exquisitely composed and choreographed drama of swordplay, palace intrigue, and clan strife in ninth-century China. Though the family plot is as imbricated—and at times, impenetrable—as a warrior's suit of armor, The Assassin is an astonishing work of sumptuous abstraction. Courtesy of Well GO USA.