Ladies of Asskickery: The Queen of Wuxia Pien

POSTED: September 11, 2008 14:14 | By: Carol Borden


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With Chocolate screening Saturday, it’s a good time to remember the ladies of asskickery and to wonder whether Jeeja Yanin will join their ranks.

Cheng Pei-Pei is a veteran of Shaw Studios and the queen of wuxia pian (sometimes called “swordsman” movies) in Shaw’s heyday. Her most famous role is as the genderbending, knifewielding Golden Swallow in King Hu‘s groundbreaking 1966 Come Drink With Me and Chang Cheh‘s 1968 Golden Swallow.

She’s also gone toe to toe with the Master Killer himself, Gordon Liu, in Stephen Chow Sing-Chi‘s Flirting Scholar. And many people probably know her best as the crafty Jade Fox in Ang Lee‘s homage to King Hu’s films, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.


This was originally posted on the official 2008 Midnight Madness program blog for the Toronto International Film Festival. I’ve since updated the video.

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