The Golden Swallow
Dir: Chang Cheh
Scrs: Chang Cheh, Du Yunzhi
Prod Co: Shaw Brothers
Cast: Jimmy Wang Yu, Cheng Pei-pei, Lo Lieh, Zhao Xinyan, Wu Ma
1968 / Colour / D Beta / Mandarin / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 105min
Despite being named after Chang Pei-pei’s character in Come Drink With Me (1966), Chang Cheh’s The Golden Swallow shifts the focus from his beloved wuxia heroine to Silver Roc (Jimmy Wang Yu). Always dressed in white, Silver Roc is a powerful warrior whose expertise with the sword and stone-faced persona make him a formidable killer. Even though the film includes traditional wuxia themes like vengeance and honor, the film is at its core a complex romantic triangle between Silver Roc, Golden Swallow and her ally Han Tao (Lo Lieh). At the same time, Chang also satisfies wuxia fans with exciting duels (co-choreographed by Lau Kar Leung and Tong Kai) and the picturesque scenery of Japan. The result is a lyrical martial arts masterpiece that Chang Cheh himself once said marked the first time he was satisfied with his own work.
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