The China Post
Date: November 28, 2015
LONDON — Martial arts film “The Assassin” (刺客聶隱娘) by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢) has been voted the best movie of 2015 by British and international critics, the British Film Institute (BFI) said Friday.
The movie, for which Hou won the award for best director at Cannes in May, was favored by 38 out of a total of 168 critics as the top movie of the year, according to the institute, which encourages movie development throughout the United Kingdom and the world.
It beat Oscar-tipped lesbian drama “Carol” with 35 votes and action blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 33.
Movies “Arabian Nights” (23 votes) and “Cemetery of Splendour” (18) rounded out the top-five list.
The critics, who either work for the BFI or contribute to BFI publication “Sight & Sound,” were asked to nominate the best five films they had seen in the previous 12 months.
“The Assassin” was the only Chinese-language film in the top-20 list.
Announcing the list, the BFI said on its website that Hou has “taken good control of the wuxia period martial-arts drama with a deep-end Tang dynasty fable of mysterious and revelatory command.” [FULL STORY]