The Magic Blade

This review was originally posted on jpfmovies blog as a guest review - thanks JP! The next blog I post will be a discussion of Brigitte Lin's interpretation of the character of Invincible Asia in Swordsman 2.  Made in 1976 Director - Chor Yuen Producer – Runme Shaw Action directors – Wong Pau Gei, Tong…

Swordsman 2’s Invincible Asia – notes on the character

(The previous blog I posted was about the sexuality of some of the other characters in Swordsman 2). Martial arts movies have often struck me as being very melodramatic, and I have subsequently been curious about the dramaturgical relationship between the lurid emotions on display in many of these movies and the carefully wrought and…

The sexuality of the characters in Swordsman 2

The sexuality of the characters in Swordsman 2  (My previous blog on Swordsman 2 discussed the choreography of this film).  “But as subversive as Lin’s transsexual anti-heroine already is, the film’s auto-critique must also queer the chastest, most sexually reticent, of all martial arts stars, Jet Li” p 134, Kung Fu Cult Masters by Leon…

The Choreography in Swordsman 2

(This is the first in a series of blogs I have written about Swordsman 2. If you would like to read a plot summary and cast list for this film then check out my previous blog.) My response to Swordsman 2 is somewhat schizoid. As a martial arts film, by which I mean a showcase…

Swordsman 2: Plot and Characters

I have written some blogs about Swordsman 2 and plan to start posting them soon. However, as a prelude to this I thought that I would post a blog that contained a summary of this film's plot, along with a cast list. I thought I would do this as the plot of Swordsman 2 is…