King Hu plays the audience adeptly with humor and suspense in this actively colorful diptych of comedy and tragedy. Despite disreputation, Lee Khan actually appears sympathetic as not only a hospitable and merciful people’s ruler but also a man of notable culture while rather it is the Han conspirators who are subhuman lowlifes, the implication being: there is nothing noble about a clandestine act of coup d’etat.
Une caméra étonnamment mobile arrive à donner un rythme soutenu à ce film aux consonances théâtrales dont la majeure partie se situe à l'intérieur d'une auberge. Une tension fort bien maîtrisée pour une oeuvre de qualité... www.cinefiches.com
A superb stage play when indoor ends up in a bloody tragic battle when outdoor. The fight between Hsu Feng, Angela Mao and Helen Ma lasts unfortunately few instants, so that it almost looks unreal. Maybe I dreamed about it.