Nowhere as transcendent as 'A Touch of Zen', but then again few films are. This is a must see for kung fu/martial fans as this is the film that turned the genre onto it's head and made it into an art form in of itself
Classic cinema from director King Hu who with his first foray into martial arts helped reinvent the genre. Effects and action choreography may seem a little weak compared to the 90's resurgence but put in context of the times it's very impressive. Pei-Pei Cheng is magnificent as Golden Swallow with several fantastic set pieces throughout. Memorably shot with a simple elegance throughout.
The action sequences are great, the dialogue is fun, and the actors are excellent. I also loved camera work, the sets, and the costumes in this film.
The songs were a bit too silly and the plot was spotty but that's fine because the action is so great. The lack of score in a lot of the action scenes was such a beautiful and smart choice, definitely enhances every other aspect of the film, like a beautiful ballet.
Its action set pieces are staged in a strategically paced manner, and seem to be lifted from samurai films, especially those by Kurosawa, mixed with Western stand offs. Realism isn't a word often used to describe wuxia/martial arts films, but I feel it can be applied to Come Drink with Me. This almost looks like how actual martial artists would engage in serious combat.
Devenu une référence du genre "Wu xia pian", ce film a eu tant d'influence sur de grands réalisateurs (comme Tsui Hark et Quentin Tarantino) qu'il ne faut pas le sous-estimer, malgré ses côtés trop datés. La mise en scène de King Hu reste élégante, les bagarres sont fluides et impressionnantes, et l'Hirondelle d'Or est un personnage fort mais humain, pas une caricature ou une super-héroïne. En avance sur son temps !