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Golden Swallow (1968)

Jin yan zi (original title)
The indomitable martial arts team of director Chang Cheh and stunt choreographer Liu Chia-liang continues the compelling saga of Golden Swallow from King Hu's Come Drink with Me in this ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pei-Pei Cheng ... Golden Swallow Hsieh Wo Yen
Jimmy Wang Yu ... Silver Roc Hsiao Peng (as Yu Wang)
Lieh Lo ... Iron Whip Han Tao
Hsin Yen Chao ... Mei Niang
Wu Ma ... Flying Fox Hu San
Chih-Ching Yang ... Poison Dragon Wang Xiong
Pin Ho ... Golden Dragon Branch Chief
Kang Liu ... Li Wan
Miao Ching ... Cao Tien-Lung
Ti Tang Ti Tang ... Cao's Brother
Feng Ku ... Chang Shun
Wei-Lieh Lan Wei-Lieh Lan ... Iron Face Sheng Yong's Brother
Kau Lam ... Golden Dragon Branch Leader (as Chiao Lin)
Chia-Liang Liu ... Golden Dragon Branch Leader
Mars ... Chang Shun's Son
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The indomitable martial arts team of director Chang Cheh and stunt choreographer Liu Chia-liang continues the compelling saga of Golden Swallow from King Hu's Come Drink with Me in this sequel of heartbreaking romance, jianghu intrigue and stunning action. Written by Celestial Pictures

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Mistress of Kung Fu and the Martial Arts!


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

3 April 1968 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Golden Swallow See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Silver Roc Hsiao Peng: As always, I'm the master swordsman.
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Follows Come Drink with Me (1966) See more »

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A colorful vehicle for Jimmy Wang Yu and Shaw Bros. diva Cheng Pei Pei
14 October 2001 | by BrianDanaCampSee all my reviews

THE GIRL WITH THE THUNDERBOLT KICK (aka GOLDEN SWALLOW, 1968) is a Shaw Bros. costume swordplay drama notable for co-starring the studio's top male action star, Jimmy Wang Yu, with the studio's then-reigning swashbuckling diva Cheng Pei Pei (THE THUNDERING SWORD). Wang Yu plays the notorious killer Silver Roc and Cheng plays his childhood sweetheart Golden Swallow, whom he hasn't seen in years (a reprise of a character the same actress played in King Hu's COME DRINK WITH ME, 1966). Golden Swallow follows Roc's trail of blood and is accompanied by Golden Whip Hand (Lo Lieh), who is in love with her but helps her track down Silver Roc. Midway through the film they all meet, but Silver Roc quickly challenges Whip Hand to a duel after the latter condemns Roc for an earlier instance of cold-blooded killing. That's pretty much the whole plot and it takes a long time getting to the final duel.

There are plenty of swordfights here, but they're fairly stylized, with lots of leaping around, twirling of swords, soft blows, and unconvincing fighting skills. Cheng Pei Pei has great screen presence, but she's more of a dancer than a fighter. There's an undertone of unrequited love that's rather poignant at times. Following this film Wang Yu turned to a harder-edged brand of martial arts film with THE CHINESE BOXER (1970), generally considered the first pure kung fu film.

ADDENDUM (12/24/18): Watching this film again on the Dragon Dynasty DVD, in Mandarin with English subs. and the original music score, makes a world of difference. It's a beautiful film, a sweeping love story, with action scenes a dramatic by-product, and great performances by all concerned, especially the three leads. I was also struck by the breathtaking cinematography by Pao Hsueh Li, shot on both lavish studio sets and picturesque mountain locations. I regret that the above review wasn't as enthusiastic, but it was based on watching a pan-and-scan Cantonese language VHS tape with plastered-on music cues from a James Bond soundtrack.


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