Wednesday, October 28

Premieres ArchiveSpecial Engagements ArchiveIndependent Film Festival Boston Fall Focus 2015

The Assassin

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Special Premiere Screening!

Update: A limited number of additional tickets will be available at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, October 27!

(2015) dir Hou Hsiao-Hsien w/Shu Qi, Chen Chang [107 min; DCP]
Back with his first film in 8 years, legendary Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien wowed this year’s Cannes Film Festival (where he won Best Director) with his awe-inspiring THE ASSASSIN – a wondrous take on the traditional wuxia film. The story is simple, if elusive – in 9th-century China, Nie Yinniang is a young woman who was abducted in childhood from a decorated general and raised by a nun who trained her in the martial arts. After 13 years of exile, she is returned to the land of her birth as an exceptional assassin, with orders to kill her betrothed husband-to-be. She must confront her parents, her memories, and her long-repressed feelings in a choice to sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins. Rich with shimmering, breathing texture and punctuated by brief but unforgettable bursts of action, THE ASSASSIN is a martial arts film like none made before it.

“With and without allegory, to watch The Assassin is to be carried along in the river of life, in all its ecstasy and terror.” – Ella Taylor, NPR

“The Assassin is one of the most flat-out beautiful movies of the last decade, and also one of the most puzzling.” – Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club

“Combining Hou’s patient, observant style with a historical martial arts tale, the film is a fascinating hybrid of craft, genre and story.” – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times


Buy Tickets – IFFB Fall Focus 2015:

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Sunday 10/25 at 7:00 PM
Monday 10/27 at 8:30 PM
Tuesday 10/27 at 8:00 PM
Wednesday 10/28 at 7:30 SOLD OUT
Thursday 10/29 at 8:30 PM

Tickets $13 General Public, $11 Students/Seniors/IFFB & Brattle Members. Brattle Passes not accepted for this event.