Simply delightful, the Shaw Brothers' Pather Panchali. Lau always brings exciting and sophisticated entertainment, but this is endearing and emotionally involving. He commits to the love story in the first act, bathing sets and exteriors in gorgeous defuse light and stylized matte backgrounds almost reminiscent of the seductive surreality of Powell/Pressberger. The drama is studded with fights, not the reverse.
Not one of my favorite Shaw Brothers films but it debuts the character of Pai Mei, the long-browed and nearly invincible kung fu master who would go on to appear in many other martial arts movies. Pei Mei really seemed to capture the public's imagination. He is also the source of inspiration for Gordon Liu's character in the Kill Bill movies.