Saturday, 30 June 2007

Lady of Steel (1970)

Lady of Steel (1970)By now, Cheng Pei-pei apparently had a loyal following judging from the number of wuxia flicks she appeared since the seminal Come Drink with Me (1966).

Had no fear, fans of nuxia, even with Chang Cheh's brand of 'big man' wuxia, he didn't replace nuxia, but simply created another style of wuxia - 1 that characterised by such enjoyable thing as cruelty, blood lust, and gore. You could say Chang Cheh's movies are leaned towards the side of exploitative genre.

In this flick, Cheng Pei-pei once again teamed up with Yueh Hua, who played the head of the Beggar's Clan (we all know they're the good guys, right?) . And once again Yueh Hua comes to her help. But this time, they're peers.

Wire-fu had developed further in this film, albeit still in the nascent stage. I believe it started sometimes in the late 1960s (probably 1968-69). Such technical innovations like running on water, leaping onto the roof using qing gong, sticking onto a ceiling like gecko, and standing on a tree branch (à la Crouching Tiger) were eagerly showcased here. This should wow the audience back then.

Audience today shouldn't unrealistically expecting any of the technical effects or stunts in this wuxia to match the same level as any wuxia of today. They should be judged accordingly.
This film is included in my IMDB movie list.

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