Legend Of The Mountain (Shan zhong zhuan qi)

Legend Of The Mountain (Shan zhong zhuan qi) Hong Kong/Taiwan (1979) Dir. King Hu Other than in films set in the jungle, where the sound of pulsating tribal beats usually meant impending danger for the interloping white man, drums never felt scary truly until the arrival of Black Sabbath’s debut album in 1970. Nine years … Continue reading Legend Of The Mountain (Shan zhong zhuan qi)

Raining In The Mountain (Kong shan ling yu)

Raining In The Mountain (Kong shan ling yu) Hong Kong/Taiwan (1979) Dir. King Hu “Those who really seek the path to Enlightenment dictate terms to their mind. Then they proceed with strong determination.” This could also apply to many people in their life’s endeavours but this quote is aimed at those seeking spiritual wisdom from … Continue reading Raining In The Mountain (Kong shan ling yu)

Dragon Inn (Long men kezhan)

Dragon Inn (Long men kezhan) Hong Kong (1967) Dir. King Hu There is a bitter irony in that one required criteria to be a ruler - along with misplaced megalomania - is balls. In the case of this classic film from celebrated Hong Kong director King Hu, the tyrannical governing presence happens to be a … Continue reading Dragon Inn (Long men kezhan)

The Fate Of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo)

The Fate Of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo) Hong Kong (1973) Dir. King Hu You’ve heard of Genghis Khan and probably even Kublai Khan but less is known about Lee Khan, largely because he is a fictional creation of legendary wu xia director King Hu. Lee is however, cut from the same cloth … Continue reading The Fate Of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo)

Come Drink With Me (Da zui xia)

Come Drink With Me (Da zui xia) Hong Kong (1966) Dir. King Hu In the world of martial arts cinema the second feature from the legendary King Hu is considered a watershed film in revolutionising the wu xia genre. Hu may have eclipsed himself with later works Dragon Inn and A Touch Of Zen, but … Continue reading Come Drink With Me (Da zui xia)