The Assassin

The Assassin ★★★★

Very much a Hou film, social controls and political troubles disrupt relationships and estrange people from their homes and pasts. The fights are sudden and brief but simultaneously graceful and full of physicality and weight, King Hu's verdant bamboo forest now an autumnal wood. You'll have to excuse me but wuxia taking a hard-art turn is probably the best thing for the genre right now.

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