To Kill or Not to Kill? Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin

What was your first wuxia film? Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)? Zhang Yimou’s Hero (2003), or House of Flying Daggers (2004)? Maybe an old classic, like the Shaw Brothers’ The One-Armed Swordsman (1967)? With its balletic, often on … Continue reading To Kill or Not to Kill? Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin

The Strange Case of Hou Hsiao-Hsien and the Very Very Long Take

TIFF’s got a retrospective of Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-Hsien on right now. Which could make you swoon, if you love lush cinematography, oblique story-telling and very long takes with a free-wandering camera. Or it … Continue reading The Strange Case of Hou Hsiao-Hsien and the Very Very Long Take