Directed by the famous King Hu (Dragon Gate Inn, The Swordsman, Painted Skin, A Touch of Zen), Come Drink with Me is a Wuxia film set in the Ming Dynasty. The story follows Golden Swallow a constable for the Governor who is after her brothers kidnappers and Fan Da-pei who has a mysterious story all of his own! Together their stories intertwine to become the same as they match wits and battle against a bunch of criminals Jade Faced Tiger, Smiling Tiger Tsu Kan, and Abbot Liao Kung!
This is a classic Wuxia movie and certainly one of my favorites. I was grinning through the entire movie as I watched it on NetFlix today (I own it on DVD but I want to encourage NetFlix on getting more of these movies). This is Shaw Brothers at its best! Two of the child actors Mars and Ching Siu-tung would certainly make a name for themselves. Mars is now a member of Jackie Chan’s Stunt team and Jackie’s Stunt Double and Ching Siu-tung is now a famous director responsible for A Chinese Ghost Story!
Come Drink with Me certainly set the bar for Wuxia films and you can see this in Tsui Hark’s Return to Dragon Inn (a remake of King Hu’s Dragon Inn) and Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The movie itself is inspired by Chinese Opera
The action sequences are very well done and the acting is spectacular. I’m not going to give much away as you really must see this film for yourself!
Cheng Pei-pei (Princess Iron Fan, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Wing Chun, Legendary Amazons) as Golden Swallow
Yueh Hua as (The Sentimental Swordsman, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon) Fan Da-pei / Drunken Knight (Drunken Cat)
Chan Hung-lit (The Shaolin Invincibles, Wong Fei Hung – Master of Kung Fu TV series) as Jade Faced Tiger
Lee Wan-chung (Revenge of a Swordswoman, The Duel, Shaolin Martial Arts) as Smiling Tiger Tsu Kan
Yeung Chi-hing (One-Armed Swordsman, Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre 1 & 2, Disciples of the 36th Chamber) as Abbot Liao Kung
Mars (A member of Jackie Chans stunt crew, Fists of Fury) as One of Fan Da-pei beggar kids
Ching Siu-tung (Director of Duel to the Death, and A Chinese Ghost Story) as Boy monk who gets injured in the eye
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