This is an image from The Assassin (2015):

Scene from the movie, showing a river with a waterfall

It appears approximately 60 minutes into the film. In it, the river appears to be moving TOWARDS the waterfall in the back. In every waterfall I've ever personally been to (maybe a dozen) the water moves away from the waterfall.

This may be a dumb question, but is this a case of where the waterfall is a joining of two streams? ie, the source of the waterfall is one river moving (for example) N-S and joins a river going E-W. Is this unique? For some reason this baffled me and I had to stop the movie for a while.

  • The simpler answer is that it's a composite image... But this really isn't a film question... it's a question about how rivers work.
    – Catija
    Mar 14, 2016 at 14:38
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this question is about a river/waterfall that just happens to be in a film... it's not really about the film at all.
    – Catija
    Mar 14, 2016 at 14:40
  • @Catija It can be a blooper, so it's not completely off-topic. Mar 14, 2016 at 15:01

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I couldn't find the actual location, so this is speculating, but there could be a waterfall hidden in that picture facing the other one, both falling towards a the same body.

Imagine in the picture above if you were standing in the waterfall on the left with your back to one on the right, it would look similar.

  • I was about to suggest the same thing. Upvoted.
    – user22531
    May 13, 2016 at 21:32

I did a long and fruitless search for this waterfall's location. As far as I can tell, the tropical forest of the battle this scene is connected to appears to have been filmed in Taiwan, however the flora in this scene (the ferns in particular) don't match those of the battle scene (I'm an amateur botanist specializing in ferns). If this is a composite, it is wildly good.

I think the foreground boulders and rocks may be one location and the background is another with all the greenery and the waterfall. Masterful VFX.

That, or this is some secret place only known to locals and film scouts! A double waterfall like this would be all over the web if it were easily accessible.

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