The Assassin

The Assassin

Original Title : Cìkè Niè Yinniáng
English Title : The Assassin
Country : Taiwan | China | Hong Kong | France
Language : Mandarin
Year : 2015
Runtime : 105 min
Director : Hsiao-Hsien Hou Venue: City Pride Kothrud
Screen: Screen 2
Showtime: 14th Jan 2018, 4.15 p.m.
Venue: Carnival Cinema - Mumbai Pune Road
Screen: Screen 4
Showtime: 17th Jan 2018, 6.00 p.m.

Festivals & Awards

BAFTA Awards | Cannes Film Festival | Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards | Palm Springs International Film Festival


The Assassin is loosely based on the late 9th century martial arts story "Nie Yinniang" by Pei Xing, a core text in Chinese swordsmanship and wuxia fiction. The film is set in 9th century China during last years of the Tang Dynasty. The film centres on Nie Yinniang, an assassin who is directed to slay corrupt government officials by her master, Jiaxin, a nun who raised her from the age of ten. When Yinniang displays mercy by failing to kill during her duties, Jiaxin punishes her with a ruthless assignment designed to test Yinniang’s resolve: she is sent to the distant province/circuit of Weibo in northern China to kill its military governor Tian Ji'an — her cousin to whom she had once been engaged.

Director’s Biography

Hsiao-Hsien Hou