While we dive deep into Hollywood’s poster offerings each month to look at the best and worst studio-produced one-sheets, it’s time to put our money where our mouth is. At The Film Stage, we believe that if some care is taken, a poster can be a distinct creation unto itself that’s worthy of observation and admiration. Today is the return of our feature, Alternate Art, in which the talented designer Midnight Marauder creates an original, alternate poster for one of the month’s releases.

This week we have one for Hou Hsiao-Hsien‘s masterful The Assassin, which is now in limited release and expanding in the coming weeks. The film, starring Shu Qi, is set in 9th-century China, follows a woman carrying out orders to assassinate Lord Tian (Chang Chen), the governor of a dominant province and, it so happens, her cousin.

Check it out below, and see our interview with the director, review, and more here. We’ve also included his Q&A from this year’s New York Film Festival.


Midnight Marauder is a Los Angeles-based graphic designer, illustrator, and cinephile. Follow him on Twitter (@midmarauder) and any inquiries can be e-mailed.

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