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'The Assassin' premieres in Vietnam

'The Assassin' premieres in Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam, Sept. 23 (CNA) Director Hou Hsiao-hsien's (???) martial arts movie "The Assassin" (?????) premiered in Vietnam on Tuesday, drawing enthusiastic responses from the audience. The screening of the film was jointly organized by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hanoi, Vietnam, and local distributor Green Media, which will show the film across Vietnam from Sept. 25. Huang Chih-peng (???), Taiwan's representative to Vietnam, said at the premiere that he hopes the film screening will promote Taiwan's "soft power" and deepen cultural exchanges between Taiwan and Vietnam. He expressed hope to see more co-productions between Taiwan and Vietnam in the future. 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 a lethal assassin. On one mission, Nie is sent to kill a governor whom she was promised to when she was young. Much of the film is devoted to the psychological struggle of Nie, as she is torn between killing the man or not fulfilling her mission. Director Hou won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival in May with "The Assassin." The film will also represent Taiwan to vie for the Oscar for best foreign language film at next year's Academy Awards. (By Fan Ching-yi and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-03-01 21:25 GMT+08:00