• dogeric25

    ★★★★★ Added by dogeric25

    The imagery and feelings evoked from King Hu's Come Drink With Me remind me of the aesthetics in a Clint Eastwood western, where dangerous thugs surround a single high-skilled target and then get their asses handed to them. But there is so much more going on here, with a drunk beggar hiding his martial arts mastery and the fact that the hero of our narrative, Golden Swallow, is a babe who disguises herself as a man in order to save…

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  • Terése Flynn

    ★★★★ Watched by Terése Flynn 21 May, 2015 3

    Part of my Scavenger Hunt #2 list. Task:
    26. A film from the wuxia genre!

    Considered the first Wuxia film and being totally missed by my weak old Kung Fu flick radar, until recently. And it's always such a delight when you come across such a awesome movie with a woman in the lead. A woman who knows how to handle a sword, daggers and chopsticks. She befriends a man in a rather peculiar way. The Drunken Cat, they call…

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  • Noetic Hatter

    ★★★★½ Watched by Noetic Hatter 06 May, 2015

    Cheng Peipei is perfect. She's beautiful, graceful, funny, and comes across as a total badass.

    Also, I have no problem feeling that George Lucas had this film's final kung fu masters' fight in mind when he invented jedi knights. These dudes do flips through the air (like Luke training with Yoda). They shoot some kind of, er, force from their hands. And they use swords or sword-like weapons.

    The fight scenes are slower than today's standards. But they are balletic, timed with the music, like Chinese Opera.

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  • mike_sabathia

    ★★★★★ Watched by mike_sabathia 02 May, 2015 4

    The best wuxia pic from King Hu. Those of you looking for blood won't be disappointed. This is one tough and ruthless film. But it also contains a certain kind of grace, thanks to Hu's mastery of spacial dynamics during the action sequences. Hu's said that he deliberately chose a ballet dancer (Cheng Pei Pei) for the lead role and it's easy to see why. Thankfully, Hu's doesn't undermine her skills with rapid-fire editing like a novice would. Many of…

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  • Cadj

    ★★★★ Added by Cadj

    Cheng Pei-pei is the biggest badass in this and it's all wonderful.

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  • Sea Lucas

    ★★★★ Watched by Sea Lucas 29 Apr, 2015 5

    I had a thirst for some classic wu xia action and Come Drink with Me definitely hit the spot. It's hard to believe this is Cheng Pei-Pei's first starring role because, as Golden Swallow, she effortlessly owns every scene. She had me in the palm of her hand from the first bar fight. King Hu perfectly orchestrates the whole affair, building up the tension fight by fight to one hell of an epic climax. So, pour a drink and enjoy the ride. Long live the King... Hu!

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  • CinemaShadow

    ★★★★½ Watched by CinemaShadow 24 Apr, 2015

    King Hu's first martial arts film, and his first great success (it broke box-office records in Asia), this Ming Dynasty thriller drew on "Japanese samurai epics and Chinese Opera traditions to create a new kind of action movie in which battle is a form of mythic ballet. The scenario and characters are delineated in quick, deft strokes: a band of comically menacing kidnappers faces off against larger-than-life heroine Golden Swallow (the great Zheng Peipei), whose mesmerizing stare cuts almost as…

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  • Redfern

    Watched by Redfern 16 Apr, 2015

    Another great wuxia flick from Hu. It seems pretty obvious to say that the best action directors are the ones that have a real sense of spatial dynamics, but it ought to be emphasised in Hu's case. It's noticeable, especially in the inn scenes towards the start, that he had 'deliberately chosen a ballet dancer for the lead female role', Cheng Pei-pei is brilliant, such bold yet graceful movements met with the rapid-fire editing cutting to and from faces and…

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  • Bob P

    ★★★½ Watched by Bob P 28 Mar, 2015

    Troll hard, Drunken Cat, troll hard

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  • QED

    ★★★★ Watched by QED 13 Feb, 2015

    Directed by King Hu this film stars Cheng Pei-Pei, Yueh Hua, Chan Hung-lit and Lee Wan-chung. A young woman sets off to rescue her brother from bandits and is assisted along the way by a wandering drunk.

    The plot of this film is pretty simple but it is nice to see an early use of a female protagonist especially when it's one that is a serious butt kicker like this. While there might not really be much depth to the…

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  • Matt Reifschneider

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Matt Reifschneider 05 Feb, 2015

    King Hu's final film for Shaw Brothers is a massively epic and unique film, blending in a more artistic samurai style of film making with the blooming wuxia and kung fu films of the the studio. It's charming, twisty, and something of a martial arts experience to watch.

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  • Robert Knaus

    ★★★★ Added by Robert Knaus

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    When it comes to what Western audiences think of as "kung-fu movies", the Shaw Bros. studio is undoubtedly the king, churning out literally hundreds of martial arts films during the 1960's and 70's. A whole generation of youngsters cut their teeth on these films back in the day (usually in horrendously-dubbed, visually cruddy prints shown at drive-in double features). Hell, Quentin Tarantino built an entire two-movie epic based on his misspent youth with his hyper-violent Kill Bill saga (even opening…

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