UK based film festival Odyssey 2024 to bring Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s classic Chinese film The Assassin back to London in April, as part of its pre-festival programme.

Following our success of the re-appearance of Lust, Caution (2007) across the UK as part of Odyssey 2024’s pre-festival programme, we are now introducing the 2nd film to continue our warm up.

Similar to Lust, Caution (2007), The Assassin (2015) is also a co-production by the region of Taiwan, mainland China and Hong Kong SAR. It is a demonstration of what Chinese-language cinema can achieve via the collaboration model.

Directed by Taiwan filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien, The Assassin (2015) is an award winning film from Cannes that was originally released in the UK by Studiocanal.


During the ninth century, a general’s young daughter is kidnapped and trained to become an exceptional assassin. When she doesn’t execute a mission, she is ordered to kill her betrothed, forcing her to choose between love, family and the assassins.
The film is loosely based on the late seventh-century Tang dynasty martial arts story “Nie Yinniang” by Pei Xing in China, a core text in swordsmanship and wuxia fiction.


Fri 5 April | 18:00-20:00

Sat 6 April | 14:00 – 16:00

Sun 7 April | 14:00 – 16:00

Screening Venue: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Grn Rd, London E1 6LA


Odyssey 2024 will take place between 2-29 September offline across the UK and online, focusing on the theme of “food and travel”. 

Feature image (c) Studiocanal UK.