The Fate of Lee Khan (restored)
(Hong Kong/Taiwan/1973—directed by King Hu)
In 1973, trailblazing Chinese filmmaker King Hu (A Touch of Zen) brought together an all-star female cast, including Hong Kong cinema stalwart Li Li-hua and Angela "Lady Whirlwind" Mao, in this lively and imaginative martial arts adventure, fully restored and unseen here in its complete form until now. Lee Khan, an official working for Mongolian Emperor Yuan, procures the battle map of the Chinese rebel army; using this priceless information, Chinese resistance fighters, aided by an undercover gang of women within Khan's ranks, set plans in motion to corner Khan in an inn.
Featuring Hu’s stunning, trademark action sequences, choreographed by Jackie Chan's "kung fu elder brother" Sammo Hung with a generous dollop of humor, The Fate of Lee Khan proves to be – not surprisingly – a legendary wuxia masterpiece. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (106 min.)
“The Fate of Lee Khan is to the Chinese martial arts movie what Once Upon a Time in the West is to the Italian Western; an exhilaratingly original vision.” -Time Out New York
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