Zhang’s bracingly revisionist wuxia features Leung among an ensemble cast of megastars including Maggie Cheung and martial arts legends Jet Li, Donnie Yen and Zhang Ziyi. Set during the historical warring states period preceding the unification of China under the Qin dynasty, the film is divided into five parts, each dominated by a specific colour. Inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, the film offers conflicting accounts of battles with heroic assassins. Features cinematography by Christopher Doyle and action choreography by Ching Siu-Tung (Shaolin Soccer).
35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.
Also screening on Wed 22 March
Crying on the Inside: The empathetic stardom of Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Flowers of Shanghai (1998) – Wed 22 Mar, 7pm
Hero (2002) – Wed 22 Mar, 9.10pm
In the Mood for Love (2000) – Wed 29 Mar, 7pm
A Chinese Ghost Story III (1991) – Wed 29 Mar, 8.55pm
Hard Boiled (1992) – Wed 5 Apr, 7pm
Cyclo (1995) – Wed 5 Apr, 9.20pm
About the program
Quiet and introspective as a child and outcast by his parents’ separation, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (1962–) never aspired to much. In 1982, while working as an appliance salesman, Leung was encouraged to take up acting by his childhood friend Stephen Chow...
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