• Randall West

    ★★★½ Watched by Randall West 10 Apr, 2016

    67/100

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  • Étienne Crépeau

    ★★★★½ Watched by Étienne Crépeau 01 May, 2016 2

    this is a great movie

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  • Jussi Hulkkonen

    ★★★★½ Watched by Jussi Hulkkonen 30 Apr, 2016

    Less overtly spiritual than Hu's later masterworks, this is nonetheless no dry run, a honed work of formal/aesthetic perfection—overwhelming in the sumptuous beauty of cinematographer Nishimoto/Ho's lush images, the resplendently textured grandness of Tsao's art design, the controlled perfection of action choreography that blends graceful fluidity with ferocious strength and physical weight with mystical lightness, all capture in Hu's stunning, deep-focus, widescreen compositions. 
    Building on its formal perfection, Hu and cowriter Yang weave a story that conceals unexpected depths of…

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  • Scrambled Face

    ★★★½ Watched by Scrambled Face 28 Apr, 2016

    At long last, my journey through Netflix's current Shaw Bros. offerings came to an end with King Hu's highly revered Come Drink with Me. The story concerns Golden Swallow (Cheng Pei-Pei), posing as a male as she investigates her brother's kidnapping by the nefarious Five Tiger gang, who want to trade him for their imprisoned boss. With help from Drunken Cat (Elliot Ngok), alcoholic friend to all children, she locates Jade Faced Tiger (Chen Hung-Lieh), Smiling Tiger (Lee Wan-Chung) and…

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  • Sean Summ

    ★★★ Watched by Sean Summ 26 Apr, 2016

    A really cool semi-wuxia film with blood and cheese. It loses steam in the middle act as the focus is shifted from the badass female protagonist but the final act still ends up being entertaining despite this.

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  • sydney

    ★★★★★ Watched by sydney 24 Apr, 2016

    classic kung fu movies are a huge blind spot for me, so watching this was kind of like dorothy stepping into oz for the first time.

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  • OTIS GRUMBLE

    ★★★ Watched by OTIS GRUMBLE 20 Apr, 2016

    Classic Shaw Brothers action.

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  • Nolan Lampson

    ★★★★ Watched by Nolan Lampson 18 Apr, 2016

    ugggghhhhh.....why does it have to be so epic?

    Struggling with the restoration. Too stunning. I will come drink with you some more, King Hu. You bring the mastery of framing, composition, badassery, relentless swordswomen, and poster-worthy depth, I'll bring the espresso. Deal? Deal.

    *when you're trying to post yet inexplicably struggling over how perfect the balls of the mise-en-scene is and you're like "shit" but you post anyway because you are trying to be cool like King Hu but realize…

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  • CJ

    ★★★½ Watched by CJ 17 Apr, 2016

    It's hard to understate how insanely influential this King Hu wuxia was on the martial arts genre but, given how hyper-kinetic the genre would become soon afterwards, I feel it's perhaps been overshadowed a little by what it inspired.

    There is much to love about this grand old tale of Ming Dynasty good vs evil, as Golden Swallow (Cheng Pei Pei at her most astonishing) goes up against Jade-Face Tiger (creepily camp Chan Hung-lit) and Smiling Tiger (the underused but…

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  • delthorpe

    ★★★★★ Watched by delthorpe 14 Apr, 2016

    Dear James,
    There's only a few things you need to know about Come Drink With Me:
    1) It's directed by King Hu, who later directed A Touch of Zen.
    2) It's stars Pei-Pei Cheng who was Jade Fox in Crouching Tiger.
    3) It is absolutely brilliant.
    4) It's on Netflix!
    Yours sincerely,
    Del

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  • Lionel

    ★★★★ Watched by Lionel 23 Jan, 2016

    A badass, female-centered martial arts movie is what I wanted, and that's what I got. There's really very little else to say about this, except that the end was a bit slow and weird but the middle was truly exhilarating. I need to see more of King Hu's films, as he has a unique style that feels ahead of its time and still impressive today, with a clear eye for coherent, smooth action and gorgeous cinematography in general.

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  • Bartman

    ★★★½ Added by Bartman

    When a gang of bandits take the governor's son prisoner, it's up to his sister (Pei-Pei Cheng) to battle the thugs. She finds an unexpected ally in the town drunk (Yueh Hua).
    More than any of his contemporaries, director King Hu had a keen eye for visual composition and a great sense for the rhythms and flows of editing, turning this otherwise routinely plotted martial arts movie into a cinematic joy.

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