06.07.2014 7:00 pm
The Valiant Ones
Dir. King Hu I 1975 I 102 min.
This is King Hu at his most boundless and his artistic vision at its most rambunctious and even abstract, culminating in one of the most show-stopping film finales ever. The lashings are maximized, the choreography whirs with an excess of flair and invention, and the villains -- in this case a gang of Japanese pirates, including one played by a young Sammo Hung -- are as uncompromising as the Ming Dynasty heroes are fearless.
*Mandarin with English Subtitles
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