Dir. King Hu (1975).
The first hour of Hu’s most elaborate martial arts epic keeps the spectator as nonplussed as the hero. But a pair of flashbacks explain all and, from then on, the film is a series of spectacular set pieces—with Buddhist monks leaping in the air, dive-bombing out of trees, executing pinwheel bounces, and generally treating the good earth as their trampoline.
Fri., May 13, 8:10 p.m.; Sun., May 15, 7 p.m., 2011
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 4, 2011