Coming Distractions: A stoic Shu Qi stalks her prey in the trailer for Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin

The A.V. Club’s Ignatiy Vishnevetsky took note of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s wuxia tale of acrobatic swordplay, calling The Assassin the most beautiful film at Cannes. Now there’s a trailer out, and the visuals are certainly worthy of praise, even if the story is somewhat familiar: An infiltrator at risk of being uncovered, love triangles, treacherous palace intrigue, and the contrasts between empowered martial combatants and the repressive formality of the royal court are all calling cards...

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