• Irvin Malcolm

    ★★★★½ Watched by Irvin Malcolm 03 Jul, 2015

    When a gang of criminals kidnap the governor's son in order to have him release their leader, his sister called the Golden Swallow is tasked with rescuing him with the help of an apparent drunkard. I've been trying to catch up on more classic kung fu films the past couple years particularly the films by the Shaw Brothers. And with good reason, they're awesome. No wonder lots of films try to rip them off these days. This one is in…

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  • Sally Jane Black

    Watched by Sally Jane Black 28 Jun, 2015

    I can't say it better than Claire did (where are you come back), but I would add my voice to hers (and so many others). It has what I want from action films (clear, graceful action), and it has what I want from films (beautiful visuals, bright scenery, long takes, dynamics). It has bags of style (look at how Sparrow and her companions dress, holy shit I am jealous). It feels epic despite being a normal length film (the classic…

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  • ashbrock

    ★★★★ Watched by ashbrock 18 Jun, 2015

    The Bride before the Bride; classic Shaw Brothers.

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  • Robert Armitage

    ★★★ Watched by Robert Armitage 14 Jun, 2015

    Shaw Brothers from 1966. Ass-kicking female protagonist. All the set design, scenery and costuming is near flawless. There are two stories going on. One, Golden Swallow attempts to rescue her brother who is kidnapped by bandits. There seems to be a thing in these kung-fu movies where the ladies make the barest attempt at cross-dressing and everyone is completely fooled and it drives me nuts. The other story is the local drunken kung-fu master getting cornered into taking vengeance for…

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  • ButtNugget

    ★★★★ Watched by ButtNugget 06 Jun, 2015

    Raddest thing about this is the fact that Golden Sparrow has her own private army of all-female elite warriors, and every one of them are out for blood, dressed in style and ready to die by her side. Cheng Pei-pei confirmed as most badass chick of the ‘60s (closely trailing in second place of course is Jane Fonda from Barbarella, like who else). And what a brilliant King Hu movie this was! Come Drink with Me is actually my first…

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  • 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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