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Fate of Lee Khan [VHS]

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  • Actors: Li Hua Li, Roy Chiao, Feng Hsu, Ying Bai, Feng Tien
  • Directors: King Hu
  • Writers: King Hu, Chung Wang
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Studio: Tai Seng Entertainment
  • VHS Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000009PPH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,550 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
First off: I haven't seen this tape so this is a review of the movie only. According to Tai Seng's web site, the tape is in Chinese (most likely mandarin) with subtitles, so the "dubbed in unknown" shouldn't scare you off.
I'm a big fan of the wuxia ("martial chivalry") genre. This is also a genre that seems to be quite misunderstood in the West. So, let's get back to school. The wuxia genre can be divided in two loosely separate categories, which we from now on will refer to as "traditional" wuxia film, and "modern" xuxia film.
Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain, Butterfly and Sword, and the Swordsman trilogy are examples of "traditional" wuxia film. These are more of fantasy yarns with concepts like qinggong, wulin, and jianghu which Western viewers seem to have much difficulty to comprehend.
Then there's the "modern" wuxia film that started with King Hu's Come Drink With Me in 1966. New Dragon Inn, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are examples of these. Xia and xianü (the male and female protagonists in wuxia film, usually referred to as "swordsmen" and "swordswomen") can still leap great distances. But the qinggong (let's just call it "superhuman powers") is kept to a minimum. The Fate of Lee Khan belongs to this later group.
A side note: Even when the prolific director Chang Cheh started churning out martial arts films by the dozen, he never really left the wuxia formula. Same goes for his most famous protégé, John Woo. A Better Tomorrow, and The Killer are nothing more than wuxia films set in modern times. What we refer to as "heroic bloodshed" is xiao (piety), xia (chivalry), and jianghu (a closed world (be it Wulin or, as here, the criminal world) with its own professional and ethical codes).
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