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High kicks and controversy being served up at Cannes

TAIWANESE SALVO: The Assassin, a Taiwanese martial arts film directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, stars Shu Qi in the lead role


THE Cannes Film Festival will next week lift the curtain on 12 days of glamour, movies, deals and parties drawing the elite of the cinema world, from Hollywood honchos to arthouse auteurs.

Under the Riviera sun - and high security - some of the industry's biggest stars,