10TH OLD SCHOOL KUNG FU FEST: The Ghost Hill (1971)

Directed by Ting Shan-hsi, this is the final installment in The Swordsman of All Swordsmen trilogy, but you can go into it without needing to see the other two movies.

Flying Swallow (Polly Shang-kuan) and Tsai ying-jie (Tien Peng) — joined once again with Black Dragon (this time played by David Wei Tang) — have decided to go into Hell itself to get revenge for the death of her father Yen (Chan Bo Leung) by battling Lord Chin (Sit Hon) and his army, which includes the Left & Right Judges, the Ox Head Demon, the Black & White Wuchangs, the Murdering Wonder Child, and Soul Hunter Yaksha.

Woah, right?

It’s going to take an army of beggars and a million fights inside the Dante’s Inferno-like world of this movie to right these wrongs. But when you’re fighting a demonic king who bathes in boiling oil. Yes, you read that right. That’s what he does in his fun time. He also has taken the Purple Light Sword, which was meant to be given to the winner of a battle between Tsai ying-jie and Black Dragon.

This movie is all neon, seriously. It looks like drugs, the best drugs, the ones that never addict you and never have a bad trip. I can’t get enough of these films. And if I’m off on names or the idea, let me know, because wuxia is a genre I’m just trying to learn and get into, the same way I felt like there was a huge world of giallo that would take me years to comprehend and fully enjoy.

Want to see it for yourself?

You can watch The Ghost Hill on April 23 at 3:00 PM in Theater 2 at Metrograph and Subway Cinema in New York City. It’s part of the 10th Old School Kung Fu Fest: Sword Fighting Heroes Edition from April 21-30, 2023!

Tickets are on sale right here!

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