The Something of Nothing: Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s “The Assassin”
If you manage to see nothing after viewing "The Assassin," you have indeed understood the something that the film seeks to convey....
Victor Fan is Lecturer at Film Studies, King’s College London and Film Consultant of the Chinese Visual Festival. His articles appeared in journals including Camera Obscura, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Screen, and Film History: An International Journal. His book Cinema Approaching Reality: Locating Chinese Film Theory was published in 2015 by the University of Minnesota Press.