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Lady Hermit
     

The Lady Hermit

Director: Ho Meng-hua

Cast: Cheng Pei-Pei, Lo Lieh, Shih Szu

 
This novel fusion of action and romantic drama is a good example of the kind of vehicle Cheng Pei-Pei starred in during the late 1960's and early 1970's. In The Lady Hermit, Cheng Pei-Pei stars as the title character, a legendary martial artist who is living incognito as a maid while trying to heal from an injurious battle with the villain Black Demon (Wong Hap

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This novel fusion of action and romantic drama is a good example of the kind of vehicle Cheng Pei-Pei starred in during the late 1960's and early 1970's. In The Lady Hermit, Cheng Pei-Pei stars as the title character, a legendary martial artist who is living incognito as a maid while trying to heal from an injurious battle with the villain Black Demon (Wong Hap). Unfortunately, Black Demon wants to finish what he started and terrorizes the countryside as he searches for her. Things get more complicated when Lady Hermit is tracked down by Cui-ping (Shih Szu), a precocious young fighter who wishes to train with her. The two form a teacher-pupil relationship but their harmony is threatened when both women fall for the same man, a dashing young fighter named Chang-chun (Lo Lieh). All these plot threads add up to an intriguing blend of action and melodrama that made a memorable vehicle for its charismatic lead actress and also helped to make a star out of the young Shih Szu. ~ Donald Guarisco

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This fast-paced gem from Shaw Brothers gives the Chinese swordplay film an effective feminist twist. The storyline is built around archetypal scenarios -- a hero preparing for a rematch with a villain, a teacher training a student -- but the story also works in a romantic subplot worthy of Douglas Sirk that adds some unexpected dramatic heft to the proceedings. It also scores points by presenting its female fighters in a matter-of-fact fashion -- no one ever questions their ability to fight and they are presented on an equal level with the male characters. Best of all, the film is built on two strong performances from its leads: Cheng Pei-Pei carries herself with the grace and quiet intensity of a veteran star while Shih Szu offers the fire and unbridled energy of a young upstart. Both are charismatic and fight with great skill -- and they're so likeable that it is heartbreaking when they clash in the latter part of the film. It's also worth noting that The Lady Hermit is directed with skill by Ho Meng-Hua: he maintains a confident pace throughout, gets strong performances from his cast and he puts his love of visual trickery to good use in the often fanciful action sequences. In short, The Lady Hermit is a unique, well-made swordplay film that will appeal to both fans of martial arts films and anyone looking for an effective gender twist on traditional fare.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2011
UPC:
0704400012341
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
NR
Source:
Funimation Prod
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:37:00

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lady Hermit
1. Scene 1 [5:23]
2. Scene 2 [5:50]
3. Scene 3 [4:25]
4. Scene 4 [5:36]
5. Scene 5 [2:13]
6. Scene 6 [4:47]
7. Scene 7 [3:42]
8. Scene 8 [3:08]
9. Scene 9 [4:24]
10. Scene 10 [6:06]
11. Scene 11 [5:34]
12. Scene 12 [4:55]
13. Scene 13 [6:11]
14. Scene 14 [4:46]
15. Scene 15 [5:08]
16. Scene 16 [3:09]
17. Scene 17 [3:05]
18. Scene 18 [4:45]
19. Scene 19 [5:52]
20. Scene 20 [4:15]
21. Scene 21 [3:52]

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