The Assassin (2015) - 8/10 This film is definitely not for everyone. Me being a visual artist I tend to gravitate towards visually stunning films and actively seek them out. Thus I have seen my fare share and when I say The Assassin is a breathtaking film I mean it. It reminded me a lot of The Conformist with hints of Kurosawa. I’ll be honest and couldn’t follow the extract story with all the family and political information being thrown around with minimal dialogue. I could get by watching the basic story unfold however, and that was enough for me. It is a slow burner with perhaps not a big pay off but this isn’t the kind of film to have a large finale in the forest place. All this was fine for me and the visuals and atmosphere of ancient China transfixed me for the whole run time. Recommended for cinephiles.