Saturday, 9 June 2007

The Flying Dagger (1969)

The Flying Dagger (1969)The movie started with a rape scene. When I watched this picture the 1st time in the early 1990s, my 1st reaction is that this opening scene reminded me of Japanese samurai movie. It wasn't until later that I realised that this director was heavily influenced by Japanese cinema, which was technically better at the time. He was 1 of the SB director to close the gap between the 2 countries.

This Japanese influence explains the bloody violence in his movies as well as the masculinity, both literally and figuratively speaking.

Comparing to Come Drink with Me (1966) just made a few years back, there was considerable improvements in the fluidity of movements. With the very limited showing of qing-gong to get our martial artists to the rooftops in one leap, it signals the end of the old school wuxia, and that the fly-fu, or wire-fu is about to take off, so to speak.

If you're fans of SB sword play like Come Drink with Me, you would like this more if you don't mind some violence (for this period of time). This one also featured our rising swashbuckling diva Cheng Pei-Pei and Lo Lieh.

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