The Bridge Duel in Hanzo the Razor – The Snare

I find the Hanzo the Razor films to be fairly objectionable. A grouchy jowly dude with a big dick tortures people and we are expected to find this amusing and horny. I can’t. Women are shown being tortured and raped, initially screaming with pain as they are penetrated by Hanzo’s huge hard penis but then…

Grotesque Bodies in Swordsman 2

(My previous blog was about Invincible Asia and the tradition of cross dressing in kung fu movies). “At one level, the kung fu film can be seen as what Steven Shapiro and Linda Williams  call a 'body genre' (although neither include it as one) alongside pornography, horror and the 'weepie' films that offer a 'display…

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…