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Taiwan-based filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien has been awarded the Director Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

According to ECNS News, the director, who competed for his film “The Assassins”, gave a short speech during his award acceptance, saying, “It’s difficult to make a movie, and to find investors. I want to thank all my cast and crew.”

Set in the era of the late Tang Dynasty, “The Assassins” features Shu Qi as a highly-trained female assassin, who is sent back to her hometown to kill the governor who turns out to be the man she loves.
Although the film’s action-packed premise is not usually something that is made for international film festivals, it was Hou’s aesthetics that won him the award.
When asked if he is disappointed not winning the Palme d’Or instead, which was awarded to French movie “Dheepan”, Hou stated, “Only a certain number of films can get a prize. If you believe in what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter if you get an award or not.”
(Photo source: ioncinema.com)