For this month's edition of our ongoing series co-presented and programmed by the New York Asian Film Festival, we present Chang Cheh's eponymous Have Sword, Will Travel followed by Lu Chun-ku's surreal wuxia classic Bastard Swordsman (aka Reincarnate Swordsman)
Have Sword, Will Travel
Chang Cheh, 1969, Hong Kong, 101m, DCP
A young couple, both master bodyguards, escort a shipment of silver when they encounter a mysterious vagabond. Intrigue ensues, leading to a cavalcade of martial arts dynamics in this Shaw Brothers wuxia Western.
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Don't miss our upcoming Chang Cheh retrospective, starting May 23!
Bastard Swordsman (aka Reincarnate Swordsman)
Lu Chun-ku, 1983, Hong Kong, 89m, 35mm
While the head of the Wu Tang tries to master the “Silkworm” sword style, lowly clan member Yen is mocked and barred from learning martial arts. But a mysterious masked man teaches him in secret until he rises to turn the tables on the perpetrators of treachery in this surreal, brain-melting wuxia classic.
In Cantonese with English subtitles