Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Derek Yee. 2016. 107 mins. Digital projection. In Mandarin with English subtitles. With Kenny Lin, Peter Ho, Yiyan Jiang, Mengjie Jiang. Hong Kong cinema giants Derek Yee (Triple Yap) and Tsui Hark (Young Detective Dee) join forces in this martial arts epic about an elite swordsman who is haunted by his deadly skills, and the challenger who aims to take his place at any cost. “Stuffed with demon warriors, vamping concubines, and overblown acrobatics, Derek Yee’s Sword Master packs a lot into its 105 minutes. A remake of Chor Yuen’s Death Duel (1977), this nostalgic nod to the Chinese magic-and-martial arts genre known as wuxia mixes love story and clan war with equal amounts of silliness and heart.” — Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times.
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