Magazine article Screen International

Hou's the Assassin to Start Shooting in October

Magazine article Screen International

Hou's the Assassin to Start Shooting in October

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Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao Hsien downplayed speculation that the $14.5m martial arts drama, which stars Japan's Satoshi Tsumabuki along with Chang Chen, would be effected by Japan-China political tension.

Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien has announced that his long-awaited martial arts film The Assassin will start shooting in October in mainland China, Taiwan and Japan.

Speaking to Taiwanese press, Hou said the film would cost $14.15m, which would be his biggest production to date. Half of the funding is coming from Sil-Metropole Organization, a Hong Kong-based studio that has mainland China co-production status, and half from Hou's 3H Productions.

The film will be Hou's first Taiwan-China co-production aimed at mainland China as well as the international market. The cast will include Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Japanese actor Satoshi Tsumabuki and Taiwanese actors Jack Kao and Nikki Hsieh.

Hou refused the connect the absence of Satoshi Tsumabuki from the Taipei press conference with the recent tension between China and Japan, which has already delayed China-Japan co-productions such as Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 1905.

"Film is film; film has its own domain," Hou told Taiwanese press. But Hou admitted that Tsumabuki would not appear on the China set in Oct. …

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