FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte Spearman and their father to the opposing Mongol army. After an ambush of a battle, ... See full summary »
Three North Shaolin teachers (Lu Feng, Chang Sheng, and Sun Chien) are called on by the Manchus to teach their soldiers and are urged to challenge the current South Shaolin teachers. They ... See full summary »
Leaving the poverty of his life in Shantung to seek fortune in Shanghai, The Boxer is instead drawn into a world of corruption, gang warfare and evil... Where his only protection is his famed fighting technique.
A young policewoman is picked for an undercover job--getting close enough to a gangster's son so that she can plant a microphone at a table where the gangsters make their deals. Complications arise when she finds herself falling for him.
Miriam Yeung Chin Wah,
Shiu Hung Hui
A Kung Fu master finds out that an opium den is destroying the lives of the town he lives in, and vows to put an end to the den, but first he must try to defeat the strongest enemy he has ever faced: his addiction to the drug itself.
Knockabout is Sammo HungÂ's (TVÂ's Martial Law, The Legend Of Zu) brilliant cinematic achievement at merging comedy with kung fu. His meticulous blending of the two ingredients is vividly demonstrated in this film.
Tsuneo is a university student working part-time in a mah-jong parlour. Lately the customers have been talking about an old lady who pushes a baby carriage through the streets. They say she... See full summary »
The wuxia genre had become quite stagnant by the time this film was made. It had also split into a separate genre which emphasised magic and crazy wire driven fight scenes that defied logic. This film is an odd attempt to mix the two genre back together.
The first 55 minutes is actually a rather interesting, but very typical, wuxia plot as the the main character, Chin Wu-hsin, goes on his quest to kill 100 hundred swordsmen to become the top swordsman in China. He finally reaches 99 but fails when he goes against "The Supreme Swordsman". Despite being told that he doesn't have the right mental clarity to beat the Supreme Swordsman, Chin Wu-hsin decides that he failed because his sword was no good. He tries to bully an elderly sword smith into forging a new sword but he suddenly hears of the special "Cold Eagle" sword. Complications ensue as the sword smith and his son are drawn into the quest for the legendary Cold Eagle sword. It's old school but a better than average movie at this point.
That's the interesting part of the movie, the next half hour is interesting as well but for different reasons. Suddenly the sword smith's son, while battling Chin Wu-hsin, falls off a ledge that we never see and crash lands in the home of three old martial artists. Here we enter crazy kung-fu land where the masters exit the scene by yelling, "Hu-wa!" and flying straight up into the air. Chin Wu-hsin is forgotten as the sword smith's son receives healing from the fall and kung fu training. He eventually has to go thru a kung fu gauntlet before facing up with Chin Wu-hsin.
This film is certainly paced fast so it's never boring. The change of genres is off putting and by the end I didn't really care about the story anymore. There are better wuxia films and better crazy kung fu films out there.
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