Yay good news: Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao Hsien‘s upcoming film The Assassin has been selected for competition at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Shu Qi and Chang Chen. This epic martial arts film set in the Tang Dynasty focuses on a female assassin who falls in love with her target.
Reportedly, the film took 10 years to plan and make. It was done filming early last year, and post-production work took one year. This is Director Hou’s first film since “Flight of the Red Balloon” (2007).
Shu Qi stated, “The entire film took three years to finish. Because of this film, my old injuries kept getting worse as well!”
She joked that working on The Assassin has made her swore off action films. However, the actress, who recently celebrated her 39th birthday on April 16th, said, “But now that the movie will compete in Cannes, I can say that it is the best birthday present this year, and the best pain medication!”
She hopes that the film will win Best Picture or Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival.