SEASON'S BEATINGS: A CHRISTMAS IN HONG KONG - Zu Warriors

New Wave wunderkind Hark Tsui offers up a seminal slice of Hong Kong cinema, a genre mash-up that abandons the notion of unifying tone, instead jumping between the terrifying, the humorous, the visceral and more. Influenced by Star Wars (‘77, but with flying swordsmen and magical spells standing in for lightsabers and lazer guns), and an influence on John Carpenter’s 1986 Big Trouble in Little China, Zu arguably inaugurated a brand new style, notable for its “helter-skelter narrative, mistakenly derided as nonsensical or episodic, [but] in truth cunningly conceived as a string of individual set pieces” (Andrew Pragasam). With this unique mingling of genres and approach, Zu rockets into a fantasy world, mystical and slapstick all at once.

Hark Tsui, 1983, 35mm, 95 min.

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