Although certainly not the top of wuxia or Chinese filming, The Assassin is certainly a pretty movie, despite some snags. The movie is absolutely gorgreous, each frame filled with intricate costumes and sets, or breathtaking vistas, large and epic canvases in contrast of Shu Qi’s subtle performance or the quick but well choreographed fights. But the plot is muddled and confusing and the pace can be painfully slow, marring a wonderful movie of excellence but not making it a complete failure.