Peking Opera Blues ★★★★

Although Hong Kong's martial arts cinema began modernizing during the 1980s, some aspects matured later than others. While a large number of movies continued to cling to broad western melodrama-style caricatures, simplistic plots and easy slapstick transported to contemporary settings, many movies from that period also clung to a squirmy pre-adolescent male's view of women as silly, vapid objects of either hormonal giggling or asexual consternation. Director and producer Tsui Hark, who had as much to do with the evolution of movies during that decade as did Jackie Chan, won a massive victory against both of those tired formulas with his fantastic, mature female-centric action-comedy Peking Opera Blues.

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