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The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2012)

Kevin Cheng , Pat Ha , Herman Yau  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Cheng, Pat Ha, Huang Yi
  • Directors: Herman Yau
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen, Subtitled, Digital Sound
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BMIFN4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,366 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From director Herman Yau (The Legend is Born - Ip Man) comes the thrilling story of one woman who dared to fight for her ideals, even in the face of certain death. Filled with intense scenes of martial-arts action, The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake burns with the fires of revolution.

In late-19th century China, Qui Jin was many things: a defiant rebel armed with both blades and guns; a paramilitary leader dedicated to overthrowing an unjust government; a non-conformist who boldly donned men's attire in spite of tradition; a radical poet whose words inspired the oppressed; a heroic martyr whose views on equality altered history. Her steadfast resolve to improve the plight of women and her bravery in the face of tyranny led her to the executioner - but her determination to topple the status-quo changed a nation forever.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
In China, one woman has made an impact not just in her country but also around the world. A revolutionary but also a woman known for speaking out for women's rights. Encouraging women to gain financial independence through education and also learning various professions, so she would not need to depend on a man. But most importantly, rejecting oppression by their families (due to cultural tradition and women looked lower than men) and also at the time, the government of the Quing Dynasty.

She was known for her poetry and essays, wearing Western clothing (usually worn by males) but also being executed in 1907 (via beheading) for what she believed in.

And to this day, she is considered a heroine and a martyr and a symbol of women's independence in China and a museum has been established in Shaoxing by the People's Republic of China as well as statues dedicated to Qui Jin.

Needless to say, when films are created in honor of such an important person, those willing to direct a film will surely be scrutinized in China. For one, they will be criticized for its accuracy, how much they honor the actual person and most importantly knowing that certain directors try to integrate plenty of action and martial arts into their movies, will they do the same for Qiu Jin?

Assigned the task of directing this film on an important person in China's history is director Herman Yau ("The Legend is Born: Ip Man", "The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story", "True Women for Sale") and writer Erica Lee ("The Legend is Born: Ip Man", "King of Comedy"). And cast as Qiu Jin is Huang Yi ("Romancing in Thin Air", "East Meets West", "Overheard 2') and cast as revolutionary leader Xu Xilin is Dennis To ("The Legend is Born: Ip Man", "Ip Man", "Ip Man 2').
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The story of Chinese Revolutionary, Qiu Jin is extremely remarkable and deserves a movie. While The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake may not be an Oscar caliber drama, and the great actions scenes aren't realistic, it doesn't take away from the fact that this is still a well made and engaging film.

Sometimes, I'm very critical of the way women are portrayed in movies. Not to say that I'm a prude, but I hate it when female characters are helpless recipients of abuse who never get their payback. It had been a while since I've seen a film where a woman dominates and Crystal Yi Huang is very good in the titular role. As the real Qiu Jin was a disciplined martial artist, Yi-Huang trained very hard in preparation for the film, and it certainly paid of for her.

Her fight scenes are very good and stunt doubles are only used sparingly. Dennis To and Xiong Xin Xin also have some very good fight scenes, including a showdown between the two that's very intricate as they use rifles as meleé weapons while a huge battle is happening around them.

Anthony Wong and Lam Suet are also present and give welcomed performances.

It's not often in Asian action cinema that women are featured so prominently outside of a "flower vase" role. There were the "Girls with Guns" films of Hong Kong, but it was nice to see a female character who wasn't just physically strong, but mentally as well. Especially in a dramatic period piece setting.

When Qiu Jin has an arranged marriage, she at first wants to get to know her husband and love him, but she wants to be his equal as well, and she shows assertiveness when she realizes it's a loveless marriage and he wants her to be a "yes-woman.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL HISTORICAL DRAMA January 9, 2012
By sabu
This is a truly wonderful story of a single woman's fierce battle against the oppressive and corrupt government during the early 1900's. She blazed the trail of freedom and more importantly, revolution, that completely altered Chinese history. It's a remarkable movie filled with action, drama, revenge and sacrifice . An absolute must see
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 12, 2014
By Betty
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Like good martial arts movie.
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