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94 minutes

Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller
A landmark of Hong Kong cinema, this blend of folktale, opera, acrobatics, and effects (1966), directed in 'Scope by King Hu (A Touch of Zen), ignited a contemporary craze for wuxia pian (swordplay pictures), which eventually led to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Heading the cast are two appealing icons of the genre, Pei-pei Cheng (Crouching Tiger's vengeful virago), as a woman warrior disguised as a man, and Hua Yue, as a singing drunk who's really an ace fighter. Though Hu was directing action for the first time, his fight scenes are fluent, nimble, and suspenseful. In Mandarin with subtitles.

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