Chinese filmmaker Hou Hsien-Hsaio has risen to become one of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers on the international stage over the course of his career, winning awards for his work in Berlin, Locarno, Tokyo, Singapore, Chicago, and Venice. His appearances at the Cannes film festival have been no different, as he won the Jury Prize in 1993 for The Puppetmaster, aka Xi Meng Ren Sheng, and has been nominated for the Palme d’Or seven times.
The filmmaker’s latest nomination came at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, for The Assassin, also known as Nie yin niang. Hou Hsien-Hsaio won Best Director for the film at the festival, which stars Qi Shu and Chen Chang. The synopsis is below.
The film is set during the mighty Tang Dynasty-period in Chinese history. Nie Yinniang returns to family after several years in exile. The mission of her order is to eliminate the tyrany of the Governors who avoid the authority of the Emperor. Now she will have to choose between sacrificing the man she loves, or break definitively with the “order of the Assassins”.
The film will see its first release to the public on August 27th, when it is released in Chinese theatres. Ahead of the film’s public premiere, a trailer has now been released, and can be seen below. An American release date has yet to be announced.