SEASON'S BEATINGS: A CHRISTMAS IN HONG KONG - The Blade

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We’re deep into our Kung-Fu Christmas, and ready to spring one of the less conventional genre gems on our loyal audience, with Hark Tsui’s The Blade! Nominally a (radical) remake of the 1967 Shaw Brothers classic The One-Armed Swordsman, The Blade follows “orphan” Ding-on’s discovery of his father’s identity and subsequent quest to avenge said father’s death, with “a deliberately unsettling mix of styles, from bloody heroics (in the fights) to magical, fairy-tale effects” (Variety). Stick with Seasons Beatings for this lightning-speed and prismatic romp!

Dir. Hark Tsui, 1995, 35mm, 105 min.

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