New Tales of the Flying Fox
Shaw Bros (1984)
Action, Martial Arts
Hong Kong | Cantonese | Color | 1h 29min
This is not my favorite type of martial arts cinema, but those who like endless swordplay and nearly all of the characters literally flying around like Supermen (and women) will probably rate it higher than the ** out of 4 stars I'm gonna give it. I found most of the fight scenes well-executed but dramatically unengaging, and although the film has its amusing (the first two meetings of the male lead with Kara Hui, whose part is secondary), insightful (the bad guy talking about the importance of strategic thinking versus kung fu) and moving (a self-sacrifice near the end) moments, it actually feels MUCH longer than it is, partly because so much happens in it, and partly because of the tiresome pacing. Be prepared.