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One of the ultimate achievements of King Hu, the foremost genius of the high- flying, sword-swinging wuxia films. Following the model of his DRAGON INN, Hu again centers the action at a roadside respite, this one a veritable hot pot of simmering conflict—where female-gang undercover resistance fighters are pitted against oppressive Mongols, as the Chinese underground tries to stop a traitor from passing vital information to warlord Lee Khan. The ensuing struggle is highlighted by wry comic moments, masterful mise-en-scene, and breakout fight scenes from choreographer Sammo Hung, who has a bevy of deadly female stars leading the charge, including Hong Kong cinema stalwart Li Li-hua and martial arts ingénue Angela Mao. Recently restored by Film Movement.
“Sensible people the world over know that the names King Hu and Angela Mao mean great times at the movies….Because it’s as much a ‘hangout movie’ as it is an action picture, it’s sad at the end to note how many losses the good guys suffered. Such is the way of the wuxia.” —Glenn Kenny, New York Times "It was [King Hu] who virtually created the image of female stoicism in the martial arts cinema...In Hu's pictures, one sees women as the epitome of cool, taciturn heroines every inch the equal of male heroic stereotypes from Gary Cooper to Bruce Lee." —Stephen Teo, Senses of Cinema "THE FATE OF LEE KHAN is to the Chinese martial arts movie what ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST is to the Italian Western: a brilliant anthology of its genre's theme and styles, yielding an exhilaratingly original vision.” —Time Out
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