By Hsiao-Hsien HOU


Martial arts - Completed 2014

In 9th Century China, a high born female assassin must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break with the sacred way of the righteous killers.

& Awards

Festival de Cannes 2015
Competition Prix de la mise en scène
Toronto - TIFF 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Martial arts, Action/Adventure
    • Countries
    • CHINA
    • Duration
    • 104 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Hsiao-Hsien HOU
    • Writer(s)
    • Hsiao-Hsien HOU, Tien-Wen CHU
    • Producer(s)
    • Wen-Ying HUANG, Chen YIQI, Stephen LAM, Stephen SHIN
    • Synopsis
    • 9th century China.10-year-old general’s daughter NieYinniang 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 waspromised - a cousin who now leads the largest military region in NorthChina.

      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: sacrificethe man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.