Friday, October 16, 2015 - Saturday, January 2, 2016
In this transporting journey into 9th-century China, a general’s young daughter is abducted and raised as an assassin. After years of exile, she returns to her birthplace to kill the governor to whom she was once betrothed, only to find herself torn between personal passion and the assassin’s sacred code. With its breathless action set-pieces and vivid recreation of Tang Dynasty imperial life, Hou’s (The Flight of the Red Balloon) first-ever martial arts film offers a dazzling reimagination of the genre.
Best Director, Cannes Film Festival
Official selection: New York Film Festival
- Country Taiwan/China/Hong Kong
- Language In Mandarin with English subtitles
- Running Time 105 minutes
- Director Hou Hsiao-hsien
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