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STYLISED: Chang Chen and Shu Qi in The Assassin, a film that projects an uncommon dignity and sure-footed refinement

Nuanced killer with a conscience

Despite its flaws, Hou's wuxia film is a great candidate for the year's most beautiful film.
Sep 11, 2015 5:50 AM

TAIWANESE auteur Hou Hsiao-Hsien's first foray into the wuxia genre, The Assassin, is notable more for its quiet elegance and evocative embrace of the details than any high-octane martial-arts sequences. The film, set during the Tang Dynasty (9th century), is an intricate, intriguing and at