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Flying Fighters of Taiwan

A film season of sword-wielding warriors and epic wuxia action

Following the success of King Hu’s Union Film Company production Dragon Inn (1967), Taiwan cinema produced a series of wuxia films – period pieces with plenty of swordplay. Many displayed acrobatic performance skills in fantastical historical settings, wowing audiences with their sheer energy.

This short season of wuxia films brings together some of the most notable titles of the era, reclaiming them from the fuzzy images of home video and putting them back on the big screen where they belong, including a brand-new restoration of Joseph Kuo’s Swordsman of all Swordsmen (1968) courtesy of the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute.

Season curated by Andy Willis, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Salford and HOME’s Visiting Curator: Film. With thanks to the Taipei Representative Office in the UK, the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (R.O.C.) and the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute.

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