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Female "Assassin" tailored to actress, Cannes director says

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 01:14

Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien brings a new spin to the customary kickfest-style martial arts movie, with ''Nie Yinniang'' (The Assassin) shown in competition at Cannes. Elly Park reports.

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In his latest film "the Assassin", Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien takes his viewers on a stunning visual ride through the courts of ninth-century China. Set during the Tang dynasty it tells the story of a female assassin, although Hou says that it was never his intention to tackle the subject. SOUNDBITE: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Director, saying (Mandarin) "I don't first think of an assassin in my mind, but then I meet the actress, and I create the character around her." Actress Shu Qi is in the lead role of lethal assassin Nie Yinniang. Since its premiere at the festival the martial arts film has become a top contender for the coveted Palme d'Or prize, although Hou says he is keeping a cool head. SOUNDBITE: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Director saying (Mandarin) "If you are talking about winning and prestige that has nothing to do with it because that's so dependent on timing and trends. So don't even think about things like that." The winner of the grand prize will be announced on the final day of the Festival, on Sunday May 24th.

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Female "Assassin" tailored to actress, Cannes director says

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 01:14