Mini Review: Clans of Intrigue.

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…

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…

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…