Shu Qi in a still from The Assassin, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s wuxia film that doesn’t play out like a traditional wuxia movie.
Shu Qi in a still from The Assassin, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s wuxia film that doesn’t play out like a traditional wuxia movie.

In The Assassin, martial arts movie starring Shu Qi, there’s no flying, or blood – Hou Hsiao-hsien’s take on wuxia has an air of realism to it

  • The action in The Assassin, which stars Shu Qi as a woman sent to kill a man she once loved, is very grounded and there is no flying or ‘zen leaping’
  • Japanese samurai films were a big influence on The Assassin – director Hou Hsiao-hsien enjoyed watching samurai films as much as he did wuxia films as a child

Shu Qi in a still from The Assassin, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s wuxia film that doesn’t play out like a traditional wuxia movie.
Shu Qi in a still from The Assassin, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s wuxia film that doesn’t play out like a traditional wuxia movie.
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