Competition - The Assassin

The Assassin

The Assassin arrives on DVD & Blu-ray on May 23rd (next Monday) and is out on Digital HD release today. And, thanks to Studiocanal, we have a COMPETITION to win one of 3 copies of the DVD....

The Assassin is the latest masterpiece by Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Awarded the Best Director prize at Cannes Film Festival, followed by a BAFTA nomination for Best Film Not In The English Language, it has been lauded as the result of a renowned filmmaker at the peak of his powers. 

The first foray into the ‘Wuxia’ Martial Arts genre by the legendary Hou Hsiao-Hsien, the saga transports the viewer into a lavish spectacle of courtly intrigue, love, honour and power in Tang dynasty China. The magnetic Shu Qi (Millennium Mambo, The Transporter) continues her regular collaboration with Hou to play Nie Yinniang, the eponymous ‘Assassin’ of the story, adapted from a traditional Chinese folk tale of a young girl raised as a killer. Abducted by a sisterhood of nuns as a young girl, she is initiated into the warrior arts and transformed into an exceptional assassin charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors. One day, having failed to complete a mission due to her empathy for the young child of the victim, her mistress the princess-nun Jiaxin, later revealed to be her maternal aunt, punishes her for the ‘weakness’ she perceives in her sentiment by sending Yinniang back to the land of her birth, Weibo. She has orders to kill the man to whom she was once promised – Tian Ji’an, a cousin who now leads the province, the largest military region in North China. After 13 years of exile, Yinniang must now confront her parents, her memories and her long-repressed feelings. A slave to the orders of her mistress, Yinniang must negotiate the machinations of Lord Tian’s court – including the rivalry between his ruthless wife and more gentle concubine - and choose to either sacrifice the man she still loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.

Director Hou Hsiao-Hsien is a leading figure in World Cinema and the Taiwanese New Wave movement, his films being awarded top prizes from prestigious international festivals such as Venice Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival. Six of his films have been nominated for the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The Assassin is his largest scale work to date and brings vividly to life the sumptuous colours, sights, costumes and landscapes of Ancient China. With its complex and compelling female heroine and central characters it has also been highly praised as a ‘feminist’ take on the Martial Arts genre. The film was named ‘Best film of 2015’ in the annual poll of international critics conducted by Sight & Sound magazine and heralds a renewed return to form for this most celebrated filmmaker


Behind the scenes: Nie Yinniang
The Actors: No rehearsals
The Fights Between Masters
A Time Machine to the Tang Dynasty


Thanks to Studiocanal we have THREE copies of the DVD to give away to our social media followers. To enter, simply follow our social media and look out for our competition tweets/posts on Twitter or Facebook and like and share/RT, remembering to keep the hashtag #GfAssassin.

The closing date for entries is Sunday 22nd May 2016 at 11:59 pm BST.


The small print...
  • The prize is as stated and no alternative is available.
  • The competition is open to UK residents only.
  • THREE winners will be chosen at random from all the entries on Twitter and Facebook after the closing date and contacted by /Garbage-file when they will be asked to provide a postal address which will be passed on to Emfoundation on behalf of Studiocanal for the prize to be sent out.
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