The Languid Approach of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin

By Cleaver Patterson.  In 8th century, Tang Dynasty China, Nie Yinniang (Qi Shu) has lived for many years, isolated from her family in a remote temple, where she has been trained in martial arts, becoming one of the country’s most feared assassins. Only when she is sent by her teacher to kill Tian Ji’an (Chang … Continue reading The Languid Approach of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin