A classic wuxia swordplay romantic fantasy from the Golden Era of Hong
Kong filmmaking and Peter Pau provided the beautiful cinematography.
The film is based on the in Chinese litterature famous 1950's novel
Baifa monu zhuan by Liang Yusheng and the story takes
place during the Ming
Dynasty (that ruled China in the 14th - 17th century A.D and approx.
1368-1644) and emperor Wan-Li's reign (1573-1620)
But in the Ronny Yu film the intro tell us that the action starts with
emperor Shun-Chi of the Qing dynasty (he ruled 1644-1661) and his quest
flower that blooms only once in 20 years on the snowy peak of Mount
Shin Fung and who could rejuvenate a dying man to eternal life.
But this royal mission being thwarted by the guardian Choi Yi Hang or
Zhuo Yi Hang (Leslie Cheung).
Choi tells us the story in Flashback. How he, an orphan,
as a kid was attacked by wolves and was saved by a mystical wolf girl
playing on her flute,
and then was raised in the Wu Tang warrior clan as a swordsman. One
of the 8 clans of Chung Yuan.
An evil sorcerer and the cult leader of Mo, Chi & Ji Wu Shueng (Francis
Ng in a bizarre role with Elaine Lui as his Siamese twin sister) wants
the clans, and Wolf Woman Lien Lu-Hua (Brigitte Lin) is his woman, his
Above - The old Hong Kong DVD edition in letterbox
ratio with cantonese audio with english subs
The legendary Hong Kong actress Brigitte Lin (or Lin
Ching Hsia), so charismatic the film reel probably sparkled, plays the
role of the Wolf Woman
Witch Lien Lu Hua, raised by mountain wolves and now a warrior for the
evil cult of Mo. Lien and Choi has fallen in love with each other and
both wants to get out of their commitments, to the Mo and to the Clan,
but that won't happen for sure as we get to see some of the best hyperkinetic
Wuxia swordplay ever when the evil sorcerer siamese twins clash with
the Wu Tang clan.
Leslie Cheung (the HK film romantic fantasy hero no.1)
and Francis Ng are both great but, as usual, it's Brigitte Lin that
steals the show.
A sequel was made the same year, 1993.
The Hong Kong all region Blu-ray presents the film in
anamorphic widescreen ratio 2.35:1 with a cantonese audio 5.1 true HD
and WITH english subtitles
Extras a trailer, a photo gallery and a 12 minutes Making Of featurette
in cantonese without english subtitles