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The Assassin [DVD] 
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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.
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Photography is by the outstanding Mark Lee Ping.
Set and costume design is remarkable.
Hypnotic pace. Complex story (second viewing helped somewhat to piece together the narrative)
I love the sound design.
Beautiful piece of art but beware anyone looking for an exciting action film - this is not for you.
Bluray image is gorgeous
I'd class it as an interesting historical drama with a bit of Martial Arts to add much needed bite, but I'm not sharing the eulogistic opinions of many professional critics.
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