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.
As part of HOME’s Taiwan film series across 2022, 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.
Some of the titles also go on tour to venues across the UK in 2022:
Watershed in Bristol screens Swordsman of all Swordsmen on Sat 23 Jul and A Touch of Zen on Sat 17 Sep.
Showroom Workstation in Sheffield screens Swordsman of all Swordsmen on Sun 25 Sep and The Ghost Hill on Fri 30 Sep.
DCA in Dundee screens A Touch of Zen on Sun 2 Oct, Swordsman of all Swordsmen on Sun 9 Oct and The Ghost Hill on Sun 16 Oct.
This season is programmed by Andy Willis, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Salford and HOME’s Senior 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.
In this season
Previously in this season
The Ghost Hill
After being awarded a magic sword in the opening duel, Tsai Ying-chieh must team up with unexpected allies and fight to recover his prized possession…
A Touch of Zen
Widely regarded as the greatest martial arts epic of all time, A Touch of Zen won awards worldwide, smashed box-office records and had an incalculable…
The Swordsman of All Swordsmen
The story of Tsai Ying-chieh, who sees his family killed as a child. He then spends years honing his fighting skills until he is ready…
Set during the Jin invasion of China in the Southern Song dynasty, the film tells the story of the eponymous heroine who rises up and…
A City Called Dragon
In the Southern Song dynasty, Shang Yen-chih enters Dragon City hoping to meet up with her revolutionary comrade Chen and discover a secret map that…