Rent The Assassin (2015)

2.8 of 5 from 277 ratings
1h 41min
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Synopsis:
9th century China.? 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. One day, having failed in a task, she is sent back by her mistress to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised - a cousin who now leads the largest military region in North China.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , Fang-yi Sheu, , Shao-Huai Chang, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Wen-Ying Huang, Ching-Song Liao
Writers:
Cheng Ah, T'ien-wen Chu, Hsiao-hsien Hou, Hai-Meng Hsieh, Xing Pei
Others:
HOU Hsiao Hsien, T'ien-wen
Aka:
Nie yin niang
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, Romance
Awards:

2015 Cannes Best Director

BBFC:
Release Date:
23/05/2016
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
Mandarin
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Behind the scenes: Nie Yinniang
  • The Actors: No Rehearsals
  • The Fights Between Masters
  • A Time Machine to the Tang Dynasty
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/05/2016
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
Mandarin DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Behind the scenes: Nie Yinniang
  • The Actors: No Rehearsals
  • The Fights Between Masters
  • A Time Machine to the Tang Dynasty

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Reviews (3) of The Assassin

Static Chinese Costume Non-drama - The Assassin review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
13/08/2016

The poster and title promise a martial-arts extravaganza. Instead we get a would-be-arty affair about court intrigue in ancient China, filmed as a series of static tableaus. Some critics have described this as beautiful, but only if you judge it in terms of still-life group portraits. Cinema, it ain’t. 69-year-old director Hsiao-hsien Hou has never made a martial arts film before because he thought them too difficult. It shows. The brief action that he does attempt is ineptly handled. Never thought I’d say this, but one even pines for Jackie Chan to swoop in from the wings and add some zest to proceedings. Don’t be misled by the poster’s multi-star reviews from critics who don’t understand the basics of film grammar. Check the trailer before you fork out money on this.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Emperor's New Clothes - The Assassin review by JG

Spoiler Alert
06/10/2016

Call me a philistine, but I actually fast forwarded a lot of this film. Most of it is stunningly beautiful shots of the Chinese countryside that go on FOREVER. It's like watching a tour of an art gallery, but it's not a film. There is minimal dialogue so the story is confusing for those not familiar with the Chinese folk tale. As someone obsessed with interior design and fabric, I found myself exclaiming about the exquisite brocade, chiffon and silk curtains wafting about in every interior shot. That is not what I should be doing when watching a film. We have a saying in the North of England- " All mouth and no trousers" and that is what sums up this film.

I can't believe a film company funded this. If you want to immerse yourself in interior design or beautiful paintings in an art gallery, then by all means get this film, but if you're looking to view a Chinese Film about an ancient folk tale, don't bother.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

So slooooooooooow - The Assassin review by William London

Spoiler Alert
18/01/2017

Excellent alternative to sleeping pills. Should be reimbursed by the NHS. But as entertainment: zero value.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.