Archive: Winter 2005
Special Guest: Lauren Steimer (FMS) will introduce the film.
As action choreographer for all three Matrix films, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Charlie’s Angels as well as both installments of Kill Bill, Yuen Woo Ping’s contributions to the martial arts sequences in these Hollywood productions has dramatically altered the landscape of the American action genre. Though the stylistic innovations Yuen brought to Hollywood productions may seem completely new to North American audiences, Yuen’s oeuvre can be traced back to 1978’s Drunken Master, starring a young Jackie Chan. In this film Yuen directs Hong Kong’s premiere action actress of the 1980’s and 1990’s, Michele Yeoh. Though the martial arts sequences of this film deserve to be taken quite seriously the film’s narrative is itself a farcical comedy of mistaken identity. Wing Chun must win back the heart of the man she loves and save her town from a troop of marauding bandits, all while battling the sexism of the men she encounters who doubt the talents of a female fighter.
1994, Hong Kong • 93 minutes • 35mm • in Cantonese with English subtitles • Directed by Yuen Woo-Ping