Directed by: King Hu 1966 | 95 min.

Section: Filmmaker in Focus: Cheng Pei Pei & King Hu

Premiere: Return Engagement


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Cheng Pei Pei, the legendary actress, will be in attendance and will participate in an extended discussion after the film.

One of the most seminal wuxia films, this Shaw Bros. classic from legendary director King Hu features a command performance by Cheng Pei Pei, who was dubbed the “Queen of Swords” for this iconic role as well as a long string of other female warrior-led films that she starred in for the revered studio throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

A group of bandits, led by Jade Faced Tiger, kidnaps the governor's son and wants to trade him for their jailed chief. The governor sends his daughter, Golden Swallow (Cheng Pei Pei), in order to rescue his son. The young woman, a master in martial arts, is helped in her mission by Drunken Cat, a Kung-Fu master disguised as a beggar. But they will have to defeat first Jade Faced Tiger and his poisoned darts.

HIFF is honored to celebrate the career of Cheng Pei Pei, our Filmmaker in Focus, as well as the work of master auteur King Hu. In partnership with the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Museum of Art this program will also feature two other King Hu classics, DRAGON INN and A TOUCH OF ZEN. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of COME DRINK WITH ME.

Played with:
King Hu in His Own Words: Reflections on an Extraordinary Career
Directed by George Chun Han Wang. USA. 2013. 5.5 min
In Conversation with Cheng Pei Pei
Directed by George Chun Han Wang. Hong Kong. 2015. 6.5 min

This screening and masterclass are co-organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy and the University of Hawaii Confucius Institute, financially supported by Create Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Film Development fund of the Hong Kong SAR Government.


Sunday, November 06 3:00 PM Dole Cannery H Date Passed
Wednesday, November 09 3:30 PM Dole Cannery H Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director King Hu
Producer Run Run Shaw
Cast Pei Pei Cheng, Yueh Hua, Chan Hung-lit
Cinematographer Tadashi Nishimoto
Writer King Hu, Cheung Yi
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