ARROW VIDEO BLU RAY RELEASE: Come Drink With Me (1966)

When a general’s son is taken hostage as ransom to free a bandit leader, the general’s daughter Golden Swallow (Cheng Pei-pei, who Western audiences may recognize as Jade Fox from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) goes to rescue her brother and battle the bandit gang. She’s protected by a drunk named Fan Da-Pei (Yueh Hua), who is really Drunken Cat, a secret martial arts master, who saves her from a poison dart.

The bandits have worked their way into a monastery led by an evil abbot named Liao Kung (Yeung Chi-hing), who once helped Fan Da-Pei to be accepted into the school that taught them both their martial arts skills. As a result, the hero doesn’t want to battle him. He also believes that there’s no way their battle won’t end in death.

Director King Hu also made A Touch of Zen, which is an essential Hong Kong film. There’s an urban legend that Jackie Chan is rumored to play one of the child singers at the beginning of the film, but Pei-Pei Cheng has stated that he is not in the movie.

I’m really excited that Arrow is releasing so many Shaw Brothers movies. I love that I can finally own high quality versions of these films and watch them over and over again.

The Arrow Video blu ray release of Come Drink With Me has a 1080p blu ray of the movie with uncompressed Mandarin and English original mono audio, plus optional English subtitles. There’s also new audio commentary by film critic and historian Tony Rayns and interviews with Cheng Pei-pei, Yueh Hua and Chen Hung-lieh, filmed by Frédéric Ambroisine in 2003, as well as a Q&A with Cheng. It also features Cinema Hong Kong: Swordfighting, a documentary on the history of the wuxia genre and Shaw Brothers’ contributions to it that has interviews with Cheng Pei-pei, Gordon Liu, Lau Kar-leung, John Woo, Sammo Hung, Kara Hui, David Chiang and others. Plus, you get an image gallery, the original theatrical trailer, the trailer for the sequel Golden Swallow, a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella and an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anne Billson and a 2010 essay by George Chun Han Wang about the relationship between director King Hu and producer Run Run Shaw. You can get it from Arrow Video or MVD.

Come Drink With Me is also on this month’s Arrow Player selections. Head over to ARROW to start your 30-day free trial. Subscriptions are available for $4.99 monthly or $49.99 yearly. ARROW is available in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland on the following Apps/devices: Roku (all Roku sticks, boxes, devices, etc), Apple TV & iOS devices, Android TV and mobile devices, Fire TV (all Amazon Fire TV Sticks, boxes, etc), and on all web browsers at https://www.arrow-player.com.

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