I think my biggest strength is pre-production. It honestly really depends on our budget! A Classic Remembered 17:22 is an on camera interview with Bey Logan who further details the influence of the film noting quite astutely it's influence on a few different films, most notably in how it set a fight in an old fashioned in - something that's gone on to become a staple in martial arts movies. I guess we will have to see. The previous release from Celestial for Region 3 was neither progressive nor anamorphic so this is a nice improvement here. Unfortunately I streamed this on Amazon Prime which ended up being a fucking terrible dubbed version. The interplay between Drunken Cat and Golden Swallow might seem a little cliché by today's standards, but it works really well and provides for a lot of fun throughout the film.
Of course, like any good martial arts film, Come Drink With Me builds up to a final showdown in which the hero must overcome insurmountable odds to save the day. In order to free the hostage without having to give up their prisoner, the local officials decide to send in Golden Swallow Cheng Pei Pei of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame , a brilliant swordswoman disguised as a male, to take on the bandits and save the day. So fights get shot in brief sequences or even single moves, and it's up to the editor to cut them together into something both coherent and exciting. It also literally brings the house down! Confronted and outnumbered by the bandit gang in a temple, the fight choreography is very Peking operatic in style. It was kind of a very unexpected moment for me. He talks about his own style on film and how sometimes King Hu would reel him on and have him deliver things differently, and he talks about how he worked his way up to the point where after a while he didn't have to audition for parts.
This really demonstrates how fight scenes in movies have evolved using these elements of film making. He notes how intricate the sets that were built for this film are, and Cheng, who was nineteen when she shot this film, talks about how King Hu wanted her to keep her hair long for the film. He soon returns to more traditional weapons as he duels with the drunken Fan Da-pei. The film holds up remarkably well and this release comes highly recommended. Hark is a smart dude and he's got some interesting points to make about Hu's style of filmmaking and about how and why it went on to influence a whole lot of other directors.
Long before Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon wowed the western world, Come Drink With Me set an entirely new standard for martial arts movies in the Far East. Pioneer Hu revolutionized wuxia films with cinematography reminiscent of Chinese painting, kinetic camera moves, innovative action choreography, and meticulous period production design, all melded into female-forward fist-and-sword tales. He wanted a short film. Also, I think it is great practice for me as an action actress since the last few years, I have focused more on the behind the camera type of work. Thankfully, Hu's doesn't undermine her skills with rapid-fire editing like a novice would.
The reds don't bleed at all. We wanted to make a Thank You web series to our fans that really loved the first season. Golden Swallow escapes and is rescued by Fan who nurses her back to health. Narratively, this hardly flows as smoothly as Touch of Zen but that has nearly three hours to sort everything out; this manages to set-up a story of politics, kidnapping, and Kung Fu in about half the time and does so pretty nicely too. It has what I want from action films clear, graceful action , and it has what I want from films beautiful visuals, bright scenery, long takes, dynamics. Stephanie Pham L and Robert Samuels R It was a last minute type of shoot and we were really trying to prove ourselves to him that we can be a good team to work with.
Extras: Dragon Dynasty has done a great job with the extra features on this release starting with a great commentary track from actress Cheng Pei Pei, and Hong Kong cinema wunderkid, Bey Logan. All in all, this is an excellent track. Golden Swallow arrives in town disguised as a man, and soon meets up with members of the gang in a local pub. Influenced by the movies of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, Glen began training in martial arts and gymnastics in 1995. Bey points out a lot of interesting facts as the track goes on and he goes into some interesting detail about the cast, the crew, and about how Run Run Shaw was worried about whether or not this film would be successful due to the absence of a male lead.
The print of Come Drink with Me we are showing has English subtitles. They join forces to free a kidnapped official from a Buddhist monastery run by a corrupt abbot with incredible kung-fu powers. We've seen such a push for diverse representation in media in recent years, it's stunning and a bit of a cuff to the collective ear to beam Cheng Pei Pei from '66 into now. So I quit, got my real estate license, and then joined an acting class. I learned so much this year, especially while working on My Asian Auntie. It seems pretty obvious to say that the best action directors are the ones that have a real sense of spatial dynamics, but it ought to be emphasised in Hu's case.
Do you partake in other duties behind the lens? It has bags of style look at how Sparrow and her companions dress, holy shit I am jealous. I am very organized and I enjoy getting the production set up. Forming her own band of fighters, Golden Swallow faces Jade Faced Tiger and the bandit gang in an effort to rescue her brother. Rounding out the extras are trailers for the feature and Heroes Of The East as well as animated menus and chapter stops. Cheng Pei-pei enters the fray initially dispatching all around her with a straight sword before reverting to her favoured double daggers.
This film made the fights artistic, and it is because of this that the movie has some serious historical significance. It was something that I had always been interested in but I never thought that I would be where I am now. Director King Hu not only broke new ground but set the groundwork for all the action films that followed, including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. While the film isn't the bloodbath that many of Chang Cheh's films made around the same time period would turn out to be, there's still plenty of violence on display here and the movie hardly shies away from bloodshed, as evidenced in the opening scene when a man has his hand cut off in a sword fight. I remember watching The Transporter: Refueled and seeing a fight scene where it was extremely obvious everything was done shot-by-shot.