- Hou Hsiao-hsien
- Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Satoshi, Tsumabuki
The story is simple, if elusive—in 9th-century China, Nie Yinniang is a young woman who was abducted as a child 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. Taiwan’s submission for Best Foreign Film Oscar.