The Assassin [DVD] [2015]

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  • Release Date: 01/26/2016
  • Rating: NR
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
66% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (67 out of 103)

Special Features


  • Behind the scenes
  • Trailer

Synopsis


The Assassin
Set in 9th-century China during the Tang Dynasty, a general's daughter (Qi Shu) who had been abducted as a child and trained by a nun in the martial arts, returns to her birthplace after thirteen years to kill the governor (Chen Chang) to whom she was once slated to marry. But first, she must confront her parents and her long-simmering repressed feelings in her struggle to decide whether to kill her former love or betray her orders as a righteous assassin. ~ Erin Demers, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Qi Shu
    Qi Shu - Nie Yinniang
  • Satoshi Tsumabuki
    Satoshi Tsumabuki - The Mirror Polisher
  • Ni Dahong
    Ni Dahong - Nie Feng



Overall customer rating

3.5
66%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous, Innovative Film Making.

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    sphares
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    It seems that as Hollywood continues its descent into film making mediocrity, the Asian theater (China/Taiwan, S. Korea, Japan, Thailand, etc.) continue to produce truly original, beautiful, first class films. Sure, many if not most are subtitled, but I'm personally puzzled why someone would let this stop them from watching great films. 'Pan's Labyrinth' comes to mind. This film is staggering in its beauty, vision, and cinematography. The actual martial arts scenes don't dominate the story and act as filler and are certainly not run of the mill 15 minute affairs (which is OK from time to time!). Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    My Time Assassinated

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    Owwmyback
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    Oh boy is this slow, slow, slow. No English dub. Reading subtitles isn't a problem as nothing is going on when subtitles are present. Total action probably less than 15 minutes. No context ever presented when new characters appear. A typical event: man is sleeping, man gets up and stokes fire, man goes back to bed...5 minutes. An extensive making the tea scene. Most lines are delivered then everyone strikes a meaningful pose for a minute before the next breathtaking event. Video quality could have been handled by a DVD.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

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    Amuro
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    This is one of the worst movie I have seen in years. The director is famous in China/Taiwan and he apparently want to shoot various shots that he wanted to do in his life time. To me as an audiance, these shots are meaning less. The storyline is terrible, the acting nonresponsive, the historic background is bogus, the ending is non-existance (the assassin simply walked away without doing anything). I can go on and on but cannot find a reason why anyone should watch this gabarge.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Misleading

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    TBarton
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    Cover says it is a martial arts movie.. It isn't. The dialogue is just as bad. The movie cuts around too much for it to really form a strong plot. I bought it as the back of the case said it was an official selection at several film festivals. I own a lot of foreign films and I have to say that out of every movie I have ever bought, this is the ONLY one I threw in the trash. Yes, I threw it in the trash.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting filmmaking

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    knyc
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    From Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao Hsien comes an interesting take on a martial arts. Those expecting typical asian action are forewarned that this is not that. Beautifully shot and acted, Hou is more interested in the morals and ethics of an Assassin and realistically depicts action as brief and quick. A fine film for those seeking a thoughtful martial arts story.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Visually Stunning Movie

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    rruiz138
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    The Assassin is a foreign film from Taiwan that features spectacular cinematography and great costume design that captures 8th century China. The story follows a woman who gets exiled from her clan and gets taken in by a nun to be trained to become an assassin. From there she goes on a mission to kill her former fiancé, the leader of her former clan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Everybody's different.

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    hmama
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    I got this movie for my best friend. I was afraid that he wouldn't like it. What a shocker. A week after I gave him the movie, he said he likes it a lot. Yes there's not much action & yes it's slow & hardly any line from the main character. But it was all intentional. You'll understand what I'm talking about once you see the director's explanation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    terrible movie

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    kmoua
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    The 1 star is truely earned for nice and colorful movie settings, but it is hard to follow because movie moves too slow and does not capture any attention. Not much talking at all. There are a few scenes that do not contribute to the storyline. If you are looking for a good action/fighting movie, this is not it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend


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