For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
10 Ratings

The King Of Chess

Kei Wong

Directed by Tsui Hark, Ho Yim
Hong Kong, Taiwan, 1991


Two independent stories involving chess wizards are interwoven to satirize the politics of the Chinese Cultural Revolution as well as Taiwan’s capitalist boom of the 1970’s.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
The King Of Chess Directed by Tsui Hark, Ho Yim

Critics reviews

The parallel story of Wong at the farm commune offers an equally jaundiced view of life, but here it’s under Maoist communism. The style of these sections is much more reflective and lyrical, but the overall message is no less satirical — the poor chess master in this case is just as much a victim of other people’s agendas.
March 20, 1992
Read full article

Related films