On Sat December 16, at 7.15pm The Quad launches a new monthly series, co-presented and programmed by Subway Cinema, focused on rogue warriors, rebel swordsmen, and exploring the multifaceted figure of the knight errant in East Asian films.
Chang Cheh, 1967, Hong Kong, 111m, 35mm
The turning point in kung fu and wuxia cinema history, One-Armed Swordsman is the film that changed everything. Emblazoned with brooding machismo and blood-soaked action, this tale of a swordsman who loses his arm to his master’s pampered daughter propelled director Chang Cheh and actor Jimmy Wang Yu to superstardom. In Mandarin with English subtitles.
The New One-Armed Swordsman
Chang Cheh, 1971, Hong Kong, 102m, 35mm
Then-rising star David Chiang takes the crippled warrior tale to another level. Chiang portrays a proud swordsman who is tricked into severing his own arm after losing to a cunning rival. Humbled, he hides in an inn, but the death of his blood brother forces him to unsheathe his blade again. In Mandarin with English subtitles.