The Assassin ★★★★½

Action and stillness, mercy and revenge, friend and foe. The Assassin is full of dichotomies that keep the viewer constantly on his toes. These binaries are frequently used to subvert the wuxia genre—that The Assassin is a sword-fighting film where the sword fighting has been decentralized and almost vilified has been spoken of quite often—but they also establish a world in which good and evil are even less distinct than they usually are, where relationships are a Gordian knot nearly impossible to fully untangle. The Assassin is a film of which I could watch every week and never get bored, but I do not know if I will ever approach a full understanding of the film's mysteries and multitudes.