Excerpt: Il film di Hou Hsiao Hsien richiede allo spettatore un abbandono totale, una disponibilita’ a seguire il suo andamento onirico e le sue interminabili lentezze, che sono nella sala buia acquistano senso.
Excerpt: Hou purposefully contradicts that programme, lingering on the intense, near-hallucinogenic beauty of this past world, the intricacy of the way it’s bound in with nature, in opposition to the modern world.
Excerpt: An assassin with a heart of gold, balancing work vs. love, The Assassin is an opportunity for a certain cinephile sect to relish color-saturated art direction and ignore narrative, because trying to understand any of it is futile.
Excerpt: The Assassin finds its worth in cinema as high art, and while the story may not match up to the dizzying heights of its visuals (this film is truly the most gorgeous film of the year to this point), the mastery of that visual poetry is more than worth the price of admission.
Excerpt: Despite my constantly feeling at arm’s length with the story, I couldn’t stop myself from being enveloped by Hou and cinematographer Ping Bin Lee’s sumptuous composition. At first watching events through a translucent silk curtain can be annoying, but it soon proves an amazing aesthetic choice with fabric layers losing opacity until Yinniang’s silhouette becomes unobstructed between two hemmed frames.