Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Assassin (2015)

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Best Director
Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Cannes Soundtrack Award
Giong Lim
Palme d'Or
Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Well Go USA Entertainment
Directed by Hsiao-Hsien Hou
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

A female assassin is sent by her master to kill various corrupt government officials. Although she is physically capable of carrying out the orders, she is unable to due to her empathy with her intended victims. As punishment, she is sent to a rebellious province where she is assigned to kill her former fiance. Failing once again, she eventually confronts her master. One of the most beautiful films in years, the cinematography is absolutely stunning, but the story and plot line struggle to keep up. Relationships are blurry and motivations often unexplained, but there is always the scenery and set design to marvel at if you get bored. The physics-defying fighting abilities of the hero are kept to a minimum, but when they do occur it is distracting.

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