SWORDSMAN III: THE EAST IS RED
THE EAST IS RED
(Dung Fong Bat Baai 2: Fung Wan Joi Hei)
With Swordsman III: The East is Red, the attempt is made to top Swordsman II, resulting in a film that is utterly whacko even by the usually OTT, anything-goes standards of Hong Kong fantasy. Characters toss needles that pierce cannons, while the cannons themselves are hand-wielded as though they were machine-guns; combat takes place atop waterspouts and on the sails of ships. The film seems to specialise in gonzo inventions a sailing ship that rotates its panels and then sinks beneath the waves to become a wheeled submarine that then emerges up from underneath enemy sailing ships; one swordsman wields a 20 foot long sword that coils up into jointed pieces; a dwarf that disguises himself inside the armour of a normal-sized samurai. The most bizarre image is that of Brigitte Lin riding into combat on the back of a swordfish leaping out of the ocean a point where the films already tenuous suspension of disbelief seems in danger of toppling over altogether. Playing on the nutty martial arts moves that fill Hong Kong fantasy, much comic potential is made of a move that can shut down a persons heart valves.
The story, filled with numerous factions and impostors, is hard to follow but then that isnt why people are watching this film. Brigitte Lin and Joey Wong are clearly having a good deal of fun together with their sly looks.
Trailer here (no subs):-
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