Lian Nichang, the main character of this film, comes from Liang Yusheng’s novel Baifa Monü Zhuan, which also served as source material for Wolf Devil Woman. However, director Ronny Yu saw this film as more of a romance than a fighting movie, believing that the central story was truly about the struggled against fate and the need to fulfill heroic duty.
Zhuo Yihang (Leslie Cheung) is a swordsman raised in the world of chivalry, charged with leading the eight major martial arts schools against an evil cult led by cojoined twins named Ji Wushuang. Those very same twins have raised Lian Nichang (Brigette Lin), a wolf-girl orphaned as an infant, making her one of the strongest martial artists of all time.
Can two enemies find love despite being raised to hate one another? And when forced to turn upon one another, can anyone survive?
This is a gorgeous film that demands to be watched. It’s like a moving painting, a film that’s just as much a romance as one devoted to wire work and swordplay. And for people like me who demand those types of things, there is stil plenty of fight scenes.
You could say that this movie looks like a dream, but I’ve never had one quite so vivid.
You can watch this on Tubi.