It seems like forever since Taiwan has made a period martial arts flick that has caught my attention. The Assassin is a Taiwan-mainland co-production directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien and starring Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Ethan Ruan, and Satoshi Tsumabuki. The film is set in the Tang dynasty and bagged Best Director and the Soundtrack Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Sneak peak clip of the film here.
More stills below the cut.