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'The Assassin' nabs US$1.7 million on opening day in China

'The Assassin' nabs US$1.7 million on opening day in China

Taipei, Aug. 30 (CNA) Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien's (???) acclaimed martial arts film "The Assassin" (?????) raked in over 10 million Chinese yuan (US$1.7 million) on the first day of its release in China on Aug. 27. "The Assassin" was the third best-selling film in China that day, according to statistics from the box office tracking website Cbooo.cn (ChinaBoxOffice). Meanwhile, the film gained NT$6 million (US$185,128) at the Taiwan box office on its opening day on Aug. 28. Set in ninth century China, the film is about a general's daughter -- Nie Yinniang -- who was trained by a nun since she was 10 to become an assassin. On one mission, Nie, played by Taiwan's Shu Qi (??), is sent to kill a governor whom she was promised to when she was young, and struggles with the choice of killing the man or not fulfilling her mission. Hou Hsiao-hsien won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival in May with "The Assassin," becoming the second Taiwanese director to ever win a best director award at Cannes. Late director Edward Yang (???) previously won the award with his film "Yi Yi" (??) in 2000. (By Chang Shu-ling and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-21 22:39 GMT+08:00