Shochiku Home Video The Assassin (Blu-ray) (Japan Version)
Hou Hsiao Hsien's done it again. The much-revered director returns with another breathtakingly beautiful effort in The Assassin, loosely based on a short story by ninth century writer Pei Xing. Starring Shu Qi (Journey To The West: Conquering the Demons) as the titular assassin and Chang Chen (Helios), Tsumabuki Satoshi (Our Family), Zhou Yun (Bodyguards And Assassins) and Ethan Ruan (Paradise In Service) in supporting roles, the Tang Dynasty-set drama picked up the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as Best Director, Best Feature Film, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup & Costume Design and Best Sound Effects at the Golden Horse Awards. Having undergone rigorous training with her master since the age of 10, Nie Yinniang (Shu Qi) is now a top assassin, tasked with eliminating corrupt government officials. When she fails to carry out a mission, Yinniang is sent back to her hometown by her master. There, she must find and kill the most powerful official in the region, Tian Jian (Chang Chen), who happens to be both Yinniang's cousin and her first love.