The assassinStreaming Video - 2015 | Chinese
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In 7th century China, the Tang Dynasty is in decline. The Imperial Court seeks to protect itself by establishing garrisons at the frontiers of its empire. Two centuries later, the militarized provinces waver
in their loyalty to the Court. Some move to distance themselves from the Emperor's control. At that time, Weibo asserts itself as the strongest of those provinces.
... Since then, the Court is the Court and Weibo is Weibo. The Princess implemented that decisive break. When her son Tian Ji'an came of age, she divided two matching jades: One to her son, one to you. She wished the two of you to maintain the imperial edict. To be resolute in preserving the peace between the Imperial Court and Weibo.
The King of Kophen's bluebird failed to sing for three years. One day the Queen remarked: Birds sing only to their own kind, set the bird before a mirror! The King heeded her advice. The bluebird saw its own image, it sang of its sadness, it danced, until it expired.
Princess Jiacheng taught me the zither. She told me a story about a bluebird's dance. She herself was the bluebird. She left the Court for Weibo all by herself. There was no one like her in Weibo.
You have mastered the sword but your heart lacks resolve. I shall return you to Weibo to kill your cousin. Tian Ji'an.
The Assassin's mind:
The way of the sword is pitiless. Saintly virtues play no part in it. Your skills are matchless, but your mind is hostage to human sentiments.
- Kyoto, Japan(castle park and garden)
- Wudang, Hubei Province, China(Wudang Mountains)(Nun's temple in prologue:Nanyan Temple)
- Jia Jiu Liao, Wulai District, New Taipei City, Taiwan(forest canopy)
- Dajiu Lake, Shennongjia Forestry District, Hubei Province, China(closing scenes,Yinniang attended to by mirror polisher)
- Cilan Forest Recreation Area, Datong Township, Yilan, Taiwan
- Central Motion Picture Corporation Studios, Taipei, Taiwan
- Nara, Japan
- Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple, Himeji, Japan(magician's house)
- Inner Mongolia, China(pursuit scenes)
内蒙古赤峰 红山军马场（序场刺杀大僚 饯别田兴 白桦林对战精精儿）
日本奈良 地狱谷新池、若草山、海龙王寺、等弥神社 (忽那汐里舞别妻夫木聪)
日本京都 东映太秦映画村 （妻夫木聪 忽那汐里）
日本京都 大觉寺、高台寺、东福寺、清凉寺、平安神宫 (片头出片名 寺庙空景 庭园 瑚姬遇袭阁道）
日本姬路 书写山圆教寺（序场道姑训示隐娘 阮经天带领中军围击空空儿）
台湾台北 中影文化城 原木搭景（聂府 田府 瑚姬寓所)
台湾宜兰 栖兰山神木群 （师徒对决）
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A. From Wikipedia, Excerpt: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nie_Yinniang#cite_note-A-1
Nie Yinniang (Chinese: 聶隱娘, Niè Yǐnniáng) is a short story written in Classical Chinese by Pei Xing, a Chinese writer lived during the Tang Dynasty. The story is set in 9th century China and tells the story of Nie Yinniang who was trained in martial art from a young age. She is the daughter of Nie Feng, a general under the command of the Tang Dynasty's famous Tian Ji'an. The story was published in the collection Feixingchuanqi (Chinese: 裴鉶传奇).
B. Short story 唐传奇·聂隐娘 from the Tang Dynasty web link:
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