Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Release: The Assassin (2015)

Digital Release Date: Jan. 26, 2016, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 26, 2016
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Well Go USA

Back with his first film in eight years, award-winning Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon, Three Times) delivers the action-filled drama The Assassin, which won him Best Director at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Shu Qi is The Assassin

Shu Qi is The Assassin

In 9th-century China, Nie Yinniang (Shu Qi) 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 (Chang Chen). 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.

In addition to winning Best Director at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, The Assassin also won the Cannes Soundtrack Award for Composer Giong Lim and was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or.  At the 2015 Golden Horse Film Festival, the film was nominated in 10 categories, taking home prizes for Best Director, Best Feature Film, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup & Costume Design and Best Sound Effects. Additionally, The Assassin is Taiwan’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.

Presented in Mandarin with English subtitles, the DVD and Blu-ray include the following:
§  Behind-the-Scenes
o   Nie Yinniang
o   The Actors: No Rehearsals
o   The Fights Between Masters
o   A Time Machine To The Tang Dynasty

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