The award-winning director Hsiao-Hsien Hou is the creator of this beautiful and touching movie that takes place in 800’s China. A 10-year-old girl is kidnapped by an assassin group to be raised as their sharpest weapon. When she later, as an adult, fails with an assignment, she is forced to perform an even harder task. She is assigned to kill a politician in the tone she once came from, which means she must choose between love and loyalty. “Qi Shu and Chen Chang in the main roles perform as well as you can ask with a total presence in what may be the most beautiful film of this year”, Björn G Stenberg writes in Uppsala Nya Tidning, about the film that has won Best Director at Cannes Film Festival.