Wuxia / Swordplay

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    The Swordsman

    A familiar-looking Joseon drama, redeemed by fantastically overblown fight sequences…

    3 stars
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    The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity

    Guo Jingming’s big-budget, familiar-feeling fantasy epic lands on Netflix…

    2.5 stars
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    Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain

    Madcap doesn’t even begin to describe this cult offering from Tsui Hark, for better or worse…

    3 stars
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    White Snake

    Way better than expected, a classic Chinese tale is repackaged as a beautifully animated action-fantasy…

    3.5 stars
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    The Bride With White Hair

    A peak moment of wuxia ‘wire-fu’ from which there was no coming back…

    5 stars
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    Monkey

    The punkiest Monkey that ever popped is back, and on Blu-ray for the first time ever…

    3 stars
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    Four Moods

    Four Taiwan-based directors including King Hu take on ghostly tales and more in this anthology…

    4 stars
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    A City Called Dragon

    Cold war espionage thriller meets wuxia, in a stylish example of the genre…

    4 stars
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    Mulan

    A straightforward but slightly boring remake grounded in tradition and reality…

    2 stars
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    Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain

    Tsui Hark’s fantasy wuxia classic gets a new 2K restoration and special edition Blu Ray release…

    5 stars
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    Come Drink With Me

    A classic is brought back to the small screen…

    4 stars
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    Raining in the Mountain

    Nothing is quite as it seems in King Hu’s masterpiece of intrigue and treachery…

    4.5 stars
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    The Fate Of Lee Khan

    There’s something awfully familiar about King Hu’s inn-based follow up to A Touch Of Zen

    3.5 stars
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    Love and Sword

    Roc Tien Peng proves one of the most charismatic heroes in all of Wuxia cinema, encased in a dream-like odyssey of a film sadly overlooked…

    4.5 stars
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    Last Hurrah for Chivalry

    John Woo delivers a wild wuxia filled with slapstick, stunning choreography, and narcoleptic swordsmen…

    4 stars
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    The Angry River

    The first film from Golden Harvest, featuring Angela Mao’s debut appearance, a mythical journey and kung fu dinosaurs…

    4 stars
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    Shadow

    With the colour palette of an ink wash painting, Zhang Yimou creates one of the most memorable wuxias in years…

    4 stars