EFG screening: The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)

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The Edinburgh Film Guild is delighted to continue its partnership with the French Institute with the screening of "The Assassin".

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Hou Hsiao-Hsien | Taiwan | 2015 | 105 min | Mandarin with English subtitles

“Your skills are matchless. But your mind is hostage to human sentiments.” Adapted from a Tang Dynasty short story, The Assassin is about princess Yinniang (Shu Qi) who was abducted from her Imperial family by a nun in exile and trained to become an assassin for the sole purpose of murdering the nun's enemies. As punishment for failing one of her assignments, the nun (Zhou Yun) sends her home to kill her beloved cousin (Chang Chen), now a prominent military leader.

Awards: Winner of the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, 2015. Voted Best Film of 2015 in Sight & Sound's poll of British critics.

“Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s painterly tale of Tang dynasty intrigue is a magnificent blend of fleet-footed action dark magic and emotional realism.” (Mark Kermode, Observer)

“Still waters, as they say, run deep and The Assassin confirms it. What may be one of the quietest and gentlest films ever made (especially for a martial arts movie) may also be one of the most beautiful.” (David Bax)

"Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Assassin is an epic visual poem." (IndieWire)

[This event is being organised in partnership with the French Institute of Scotland. A range of safety measures are in place, visit their website for details.]

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The Edinburgh Film Guild is the oldest continuously running film society in the world. The Guild is run and managed by volunteers. Edinburgh Film Guild membership: You must be aged 18 or over. Registered in Scotland. Scottish Charity Number SC041851.

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