The Red Heroine

  • PG

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The oldest surviving Chinese martial arts film, featuringFan Xuepeng one of the first stars of the genre and an influential figure in the Chinese film industry who went on to establish her own production company. The ever-popular sword-and-sorcerys classic story structure of an innocent wronged by a villain, trained by a master, and returning to seek vengeance is all here.The occasionally clunky contemporary English translation of the intertitles, the fantastically pronounced teeth of the pantomime villain and the low-rent harem are all part of the fun, but the pay-off is a satisfying finale in which the Red Heroine shows everyone whos boss.Dir. Wen Yimin | China | 1929 | N/C PG | bw | Chinese English intertitles | 1h 34mWith: Fan Xuepeng, Wang Chuqin, Zhu Shaoquan, Zhao Taishan, Qu YifengPerforming live: John Sweeney Frank Bockius(piano, percussion)Screening material courtesy of the China Film ArchiveSupported by the Confucius Institute for Scotland

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