Shaw Brothers, 1977
Starring Ti Lung, Pei Ti, Nora Miao, and directed by Chu Yuan.
This is a wuxia film filmed in a historical setting with a nod towards James Bond. Our handsome hero (Ti Lung) lives a glamorous life as a Master of Thieves on a houseboat surrounded by a bevy of beautiful female martial artists. He finds himself involved in a complicated plot to try and uncover the identity of a masked assassin who is trying to frame him for a series of murders. The sets and costumes are elaborate and colourful (even for a Shaw Brothers wuxia film), the action is suitably graceful and there are those little bizarre touches (such as simulated cannibalism and some discreet lesbian sex in a pastel hued papier mache cave) that all of us who love kung fu movies have come to expect from the genre. I come in from a dull job in a grey world and I rely on movies like this to take me to a happy place. This is good escapist viewing and I really enjoyed this film very much.