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)

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)

The Seven Swords

The Seven Swords China (2019) Dir. Francis Nam Chi-Wai This is something of anomaly for me as I can’t find any sufficient information about this wu xia fantasy film at all online. Aside from the poster, a trailer, and ironically, the film itself, The Seven Swords is shrouded in mystery - it doesn’t even have … Continue reading The Seven Swords

Brotherhood Of Blades (Xiu chun dao)

Brotherhood Of Blades (Xiu chun dao) China (2014) Dir. Lu Yang It might surprise you to learn that despite the enticing title throwing up suggestions of swords and bloodshed, this film is actually about gardeners - the titular blades being those made of grass. You’re not buying it are you? Of course this is wu … Continue reading Brotherhood Of Blades (Xiu chun dao)

Sword Master

Sword Master (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Kaleidoscope Entertainment) Running Time: 108 minutes approx. Director Derek Yee might be more known for his gritty thrillers so a wu xia film seems to be out of his comfort zone. But as Yee’s history reveals that he started out as an actor in classic Shaw Brothers … Continue reading Sword Master

Monk Comes Down The Mountain (Dao shi xia shan)

Monk Comes Down The Mountain (Dao shi xia shan) China (2015) Dir. Chen Kaige The title of this martial arts fantasy comedy from esteemed director Chen Kaige - known for highbrow fare such as Farewell My Concubine - sounds like the opening line of a joke (“A man walks into a pub…”), but it does … Continue reading Monk Comes Down The Mountain (Dao shi xia shan)

One-Armed Swordsman (Du bei dao)

One-Armed Swordsman (Du bei dao) Hong Kong (1967) Dir. Chang Cheh The martial arts film genre has featured many iconic heroes but they have largely been based on the lives of real people, from Wong Fei-hung and Fong Sai-yuk to Huo Yuanjia and Yip Man. In 1967 this changed with the creation of a very … Continue reading One-Armed Swordsman (Du bei dao)

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)

The Assassin (Nie yin niang)

The Assassin (Nie yin niang) Taiwan (2015) Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien After seven years away from film business Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-Hsien returns with his first foray into the martial arts genre, a rather surprising direction for someone who has made his name with bleak arthouse social dramas. Favourably rewarded at Cannes this year, it is … Continue reading The Assassin (Nie yin niang)

The Lady Assassin (My Nhan Ke)

The Lady Assassin (My Nhan Ke) Vietnam (2013) Dir. Quang Dung Nguyen The ocean side Duong Son Tavern run by the bewitching Kieu Thi (Thanh Hang) offers drinks, food and intimate delights to travellers, bandits and officials, except the poor punters are usually killed before they make it past the starters on the menu. Along … Continue reading The Lady Assassin (My Nhan Ke)