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* EvilSorcerer: Kong Kong uses black magic against Huji, a pregnant concubine of Tian Ji'an.

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* EvilMentor: The nun tries to teach Nie Yinniang to be a merciless assassin, but Nie Yinniang has standards. In the end, she breaks up with her mentor.

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* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: After years of training with the nun, Nie Yinniang comes back to the court of Weibo, where she was born. She is not really welcome (even her parents are afraid of her). In the end, she leaves the court for ever.


* TheFilmOfTheBook: The plot is loosely based on ''Nie Yinniang'', a Tang-dynasty short story by Pei Xing.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tian_Ji%27an Tian Ji'an]] was a real person.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tian_Ji%27an Tian Ji'an]] was a and Tian Xing were real person.people.


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* InLoveWithTheMark: Nie Yinniang has feelings for Tian Ji'an. She was betrothed to him in the past.

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* BigDamnHeroes: Tian Xing and Nie Feng are goind to be killed by a group of assassins when Nie Yinniang shows up to save them.
* BuriedAlive: Tian Xing is going to be buried alive, when Nie Yinniang shows up to save him.


''The Assassin'' (刺客聶隱娘, ''Cìkè Niè Yǐn Niáng'', roughly "The Assassin Niè Yǐn Niáng") is a 2015 film directed by Creator/HouHsiaoHsien, loosely based on the ninth-century story "Nie Yin Niang" by Pei Xing. It stars Shu Qi and Chang Chen.

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''The Assassin'' (刺客聶隱娘, ''Cìkè ''Cì Kè Niè Yǐn Niáng'', roughly "The Assassin Niè Yǐn Niáng") is a 2015 film directed by Creator/HouHsiaoHsien, loosely based on the ninth-century story "Nie Yin Niang" by Pei Xing. It stars Shu Qi and Chang Chen.


* ProtectedByAChild: A variant, since the child isn't aware there's any danger. Nie Yin Niang goes to kill a man and finds him with his son asleep in his arms. She decides not to kill him.

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* ProtectedByAChild: ProtectedByAChild:
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A variant, since the child isn't aware there's any danger. Nie Yin Niang goes to kill a man and finds him with his son asleep in his arms. She decides not to kill him.him.
** Tian Ji'an's son stands in front of his mother when Tian Ji'an threatens her with a sword.

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* HeroesFightBarehanded: Nie Yin Niang doesn't use a weapon in her rooftop fight with Tian Ji'an; she deflects all his attacks by dodging or grabbing his arms. Justified, because she isn't trying to kill him.


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* RooftopConfrontation: Tian Ji'an fights Nie Yin Niang on the roof after she broke into his palace. She defeats him (unarmed!) and escapes.


''The Assassin'' (刺客聶隱娘, ''Cìkè Niè Yǐnniáng'', roughly "The Assassin Niè Yǐn Niáng") is a 2015 film directed by Creator/HouHsiaoHsien. It stars Shu Qi and Chang Chen.

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''The Assassin'' (刺客聶隱娘, ''Cìkè Niè Yǐnniáng'', Yǐn Niáng'', roughly "The Assassin Niè Yǐn Niáng") is a 2015 film directed by Creator/HouHsiaoHsien.Creator/HouHsiaoHsien, loosely based on the ninth-century story "Nie Yin Niang" by Pei Xing. It stars Shu Qi and Chang Chen.


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* HitmanWithAHeart: Nie Yin Niang is a female example. She refuses to kill a man when his son is present, and later decides not to kill Tian Ji'an because his death would plunge Weibo into chaos.


* {{Wuxia}}

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* {{Wuxia}}ProtectedByAChild: A variant, since the child isn't aware there's any danger. Nie Yin Niang goes to kill a man and finds him with his son asleep in his arms. She decides not to kill him.
* {{Wuxia}}: Fighting against evil? Check. Corrupt government? Check. [[ImperialChina Imperial Chinese]] setting? Check. Sword fights? Check.


* ActionGirl: Nie Yin Niang.

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* ActionGirl: Nie Yin Niang.Niang, though her job means she blurs the lines between this and DarkActionGirl.


''The Assassin'' (刺客聶隱娘, ''Cìkè Niè Yǐnniáng'', roughly "The Assassin Niè Yǐnniáng") is a 2015 film directed by Creator/HouHsiaoHsien. It stars Shu Qi and Chang Chen.

In the last years of the Tang Dynasty, Nie Yinniang is an assassin sent to kill corrupt government officials.

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''The Assassin'' (刺客聶隱娘, ''Cìkè Niè Yǐnniáng'', roughly "The Assassin Niè Yǐnniáng") Yǐn Niáng") is a 2015 film directed by Creator/HouHsiaoHsien. It stars Shu Qi and Chang Chen.

In the last years of the Tang Dynasty, Nie Yinniang Yin Niang is an assassin sent to kill corrupt government officials.
officials. When she fails to kill one of her targets, she's sent to kill her cousin Tian Ji'an. Instead she decides to protect him.



* ActionGirl: Nie Yin Niang.



* ProfessionalKiller: Nie Yinniang, the title character.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tian_Ji%27an Tian Ji'an]] was a real person.
* KissingCousins: Nie Yin Niang and Tian Ji'an are cousins, and they were engaged when they were younger.
* ProfessionalKiller: Nie Yinniang, Yin Niang, the title character.character.
* {{Wuxia}}

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''The Assassin'' (刺客聶隱娘, ''Cìkè Niè Yǐnniáng'', roughly "The Assassin Niè Yǐnniáng") is a 2015 film directed by Creator/HouHsiaoHsien. It stars Shu Qi and Chang Chen.

In the last years of the Tang Dynasty, Nie Yinniang is an assassin sent to kill corrupt government officials.

!!Contains examples of:
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The prologue is in black and white.
* ProfessionalKiller: Nie Yinniang, the title character.
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