the east is red: hong kong wuxia between tianenmen and handover [work in progress]

One of the stranger subsets of genre filmmaking in any country's history.

Leaving out open-handed kung fu movies (like Tsui Hark's great Once Upon a Time in China series, or La Kar Leung's interesting if compromised "Drunken Boxer 2").

It's tempting to blame the failure of the genre on the handover, but the globalizing influence of Lee's "Crouching Tiger" can't be discounted either.

After this period, only Tsui's compromised "Seven Swords" seems to carry the same promise. The clearest antecedents are Patrick Tam's "The Sword" and the cycle of Gu Long written Chor Yuen films in the late '70s. Though at the outskirts of the genre, Lau Kar Leung's "Eight Diagram Pole Fighter" also seems key.

Many more films to see.

  • The Blade
  • Green Snake
  • A Chinese Ghost Story II
  • Blade of Fury
  • Moon Warriors
  • Ashes of Time
  • A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box
  • A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella
  • Burning Paradise
  • Temptation of a Monk
  • New Dragon Gate Inn
  • Painted Skin
  • The Bride with White Hair
  • The Bride with White Hair 2
  • Peace Hotel
  • The Bare-Footed Kid
  • What Price Survival
  • The Legend of the Swordsman
  • Swordsman III: The East Is Red
  • Iron Monkey
  • The Eagle Shooting Heroes
  • The Magic Crane
  • Iron Monkey 2
  • Swordsman
  • Royal Tramp
  • Royal Tramp 2
  • The Assassin
  • Kung Fu Cult Master