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Hou Hsiao-Hsien



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Status: Completed

Director(s): Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Main cast: Shu Qi, Chang Chen

Short synopsis : In 9th Century China, a high born female assassin must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break with the sacred way of the righteous killers.

Long synopsis : 9th century China. 10-year old general's daughter Nie Yinniang is abducted by a nun who initiates her into the martial arts, transforming her into an exceptional assassin charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors. One day, having failed in a task, she is sent back by her mistress to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised - a cousin who now leads the largest military region in North China. After 13 years of exile, the young woman must confront her parents, her memories and her long-repressed feelings.A slave to the orders of her mistress, Nie Yinniang must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.


  • Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun, Tsumabuki Satoshi, Juan Ching-Tian, Hsieh Hsin-Ying, Sheu Fang-Yi


  • Producer(s): Hou Hsiao-Hsien for SPOTfilms , Chen Yiqi for SIL-METROPOLE , Lam Peter for Media Asia, Lin Kufn, Gou Tai-Chiang for CMPC, Tung Tzu-Hsien
  • Director(s): Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  • Screenplay: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Chu Tien-Wen, Hsieh Hai-Meng, Zhong Acheng
  • DP: Mark Lee Ping Bing
  • Editing: Liao Ching-Sung
  • Original Music: Lim Giong
  • Set Design: Hwarng Wern-Ying
  • Costume Designer: Hwarng Wern-Ying
  • Sound Editor: Tu Duu-Chih
  • Special Effects: Ardi Lee
  • Martial Arts Consultant: Tung Wai Stephen
  • Genre(s): Crime, Drama, Historical Drama

  • Production company: SPOTfilms, Sil-Metropole, Media Asia, CMPC
  • Production date: 2015
  • Language: Chinese
  • Duration: 105 min
  • Image Ratio: 0.00