The Assassin

The Assassin

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The Assassin

The Assassin (Chinese: 刺客聶隱娘; pinyin: Cìkè Niè Yǐnniáng; or: The Assassin Niè Yǐnniáng) is a 2015 arthouse wuxia film directed by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien. A Taiwan/China/Hong Kong co-production, it was an official selection in the main competition section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, Hou won the award for Best Director. It was released in China and Hong Kong on 27 August, and a day later in Taiwan on 28 August 2015. It was selected as the Taiwanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.

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  • Wen-Ying Huang
  • Liao Ching-Sung
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Huang Chih-Chia
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Release date
  • 21 May 2015 (2015-05-21) (Cannes)
  • 27 August 2015 (2015-08-27) (China & Hong Kong)
  • 28 August 2015 (2015-08-28) (Taiwan)
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Running time
105 minutes
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Country
  • Taiwan
  • China
  • Hong Kong
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Language
Mandarin
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Budget
CN¥90 million (US$14.9 million)
Box office
  • CN¥61.4 million (China)
  • US$12 million (worldwide)

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  • The Assassin is Taiwan's official entry to the 2015 foreign-language Oscar race.
  • Hou Hsiao-hsien planned to make a period piece when he is older and when he decided that he is older he began doing the film.
  • Hou Hsiao-hsien's seventh film that competed for the Palme d'Or.
  • Hou Hsiao-hsien's first film in eight years.
  • Throughout the shooting, more than 500,000 feet of film was shot.

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