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…

Swordsman 2’s Invincible Asia and the tradition of cross dressing in kung fu movies

(My previous blog was about Brigitte Lin's performance as Invincible Asia. This blog contains some thoughts about Swordsman 2's transsexual villain Invincible Asia and the tradition of cross dressing in kung fu movies) In his review of Swordsman 2, critic Paul Fonoroff states: “The beautiful Brigitte Lin seems miscast – there is no way she…

Invincible Asia – notes on the performance of this character

(Invincible Asia is a character, played by Brigitte Lin out of the film Swordsman 2. I discussed this character in the blog before last. This blog contains some notes on Lin's interpretation of this intriguing transsexual villain.) As Invincible Asia, Brigitte Lin turns in a beautifully modulated performance. Moving from the male to the female, from the…

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…