Golden Swallow

The Golden Swallow

Director: Chang Cheh

Cast: Chang Cheh, Jimmy Wang Yu, Cheng Pei-Pei, Lo Lieh

     
 

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This violent and bloody exploitation action feature finds the hero (Wang Yu) seeking retribution and revenge for the villains that killed his loved ones. When he leaves the dart of the Golden Swallow at the murder scenes, the Golden Swallow herself (Cheng Pei-pei) investigates to see who is using her trademark calling card. She helps the young man battle the forces of…  See more details below

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This violent and bloody exploitation action feature finds the hero (Wang Yu) seeking retribution and revenge for the villains that killed his loved ones. When he leaves the dart of the Golden Swallow at the murder scenes, the Golden Swallow herself (Cheng Pei-pei) investigates to see who is using her trademark calling card. She helps the young man battle the forces of evil as the corpses of the victims drip with rivers of blood. Our hero survives four knives in his chest, a bevy of bullwhips, swords, arrows and similarly outrageous misfortunes while riding a white horse and wearing a white robe that shows off his many wounds.

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Hsia Yu-Yen is a prototypical Chang Cheh kung-fu epic, full of outrageous bloodletting, over-the-top melodrama and plenty of machismo. A viewer's appreciation of this film will depend on their tolerance for these three things, but Hsia Yu-Yen offers plenty of rewards for those who can appreciate action filmmaking at its most extreme. The film lives up to the wild, excessive tone of its premise thanks to skillful direction by Cheh, who uses the film's melodrama and action components to fuel each other and maintains a tight pace that is accented by plenty of dazzling fight sequences. His crowning feat in the latter department is the finale, an epic battle that layers fight upon fight in a manner that is guaranteed to leave even the heartiest kung-fu fans slack-jawed. Hsia Yu-Yen also benefits from some sharp performances: Cheng Pei-Pei and Lo Lieh give the kind of solid, straight-faced performances necessary to anchor the film's dramatic moments and the charismatic Jimmy Wang Yu delivers the larger-than-life characterization that Silver Roc needs to make his superhuman feats believable. On the downside, the plotting doesn't always make sense and Cheng Pei-Pei (whose character here had been the focus of the King Hu classic Come Drink With Me) is unfortunately sidelined by the film's male-centric story line. That said, Hsia Yu-Yen delivers all the thrills a kung-fu film should offer and is well worth the time for genre enthusiasts thanks to its historic importance as an early Chang Cheh classic.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
UPC:
0796019823708
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
R
Source:
Arc Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
25,893

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Disc #1 -- Golden Swallow
1. Chapter 1 [9:13]
2. Chapter 2 [4:37]
3. Chapter 3 [9:31]
4. Chapter 4 [6:57]
5. Chapter 5 [11:05]
6. Chapter 6 [8:41]
7. Chapter 7 [4:16]
8. Chapter 8 [16:14]
9. Chapter 9 [3:55]
10. Chapter 10 [12:53]
11. Chapter 11 [18:44]
12. Chapter 12 [2:19]

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