Wu Xia (2011)

Wu Xia (a.k.a. Dragon, Swordsmen) is Peter Chan’s second time directing a martial arts film, the first being The Warlords.   Wu Xia is fun, clever, and story driven.  It is almost more of a drama than an action film.  The pace and story reminds me of early King Hu films like Touch of Zen, Dragon Inn, and Come Drink With Me. Also impressive was Donnie Yen’s acting, it is not Golden Horse material but it definitely shows growth compared to some of his other films. I’m a huge Donnie Yen fan, but I know he has had limitations in his acting range.  Takeshi Kaneshiro’s character was certainly different and cameo’s from legendary Shaw Brothers actors Jimmy Wang Yu and Kara Hui was delightful!

Wu Xia is in a league of its own and would be a great addition to your Bluray/DVD collection!

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Peter Chan, Director, Producer
Donnie Yen, Action Director
Yan Hua, Action Director
Tanigaki Kenji, Action Director
Aubrey Lam Oi-Wa, Script
Joyce Chan Ka-Yi, Script

Donnie Yen (Once Upon a Time in China 2, Iron Monkey, Bodyguards and Assassins) as Liu Jinxi, who is actually Tang Long, the son of the Master.
Takeshi Kaneshiro (Dr. Wai in “The Scripture with No Words”, Hero, House of Flying Daggers) as Xu Baijiu, a detective versed in physiology and acupuncture.
Tang Wei as Yu, Liu Jinxi’s wife.
Jimmy Wang (One-Armed Swordsman, Master of the Flying Guillotine, Once Upon a Time in China) as the Master, the leader of the 72 Demons and Tang Long’s father.
Kara Hui (The Brave Archer, Return to the 36th Chamber, 7 Assassins) as 13th Madam, the Master’s wife.
Li Xiaoran (Seven Swordsmen) as Xu Baijiu’s estranged wife
Jiang Wu (The Sorcerer and the White Snake) as Xu Baijiu’s investigator
Zheng Wei as Liu Fangzheng, Yu’s son from her previous marriage who was adopted by Liu Jinxi.
Li Jiamin as Liu Xiaotian, Liu Jinxi and Yu’s son

Beyond Hollywood review

Love HK Film review

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