Directors’ Showcase / UK premiere

Wu Xia (Dragon)

  • Peter Chan /
  • China /
  • 2011 /
  • 114 mins

Kara Hui, Wu Jiang, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Yu Kang, Xiao Ran Li, Wei Tang, Kenji Tanigaki, Yu Wang, Hua Yan, Donnie Yen

A supremely imaginative blending of A History of Violence, TV’s Sherlock and Chang Cheh’s 1967 classic One-Armed Swordsman, Wu Xia is a visually ravishing, compelling and (rare in the genre) thoughtful kung fu actioner, with Hong Kong superstar Donnie Yen taking on both acting and choreographic responsibilities. In 1917 southwestern China, an investigation into the killing of two robbers by a seemingly mild-mannered paper-maker, leads forensic detective Xu (Takeshi Kaneshiro) inexorably towards the infamous 72 Demons gang…

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  • #1 Julie Fyffe / Monday 25 June, 2012 / 23:40 GMT

    Disappointing. It was beautifully filmed but for me there was no real substance beyond the fight scenes.

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