The Vengeful Beauty (1978)

The Vengeful Beauty [血芙蓉] (1978)

Starring Chen Ping, Yueh Hua, Norman Chu Siu-Keung, Lo Lieh, Lam Fai-Wong, Johnny Wang Lung-Wei, Siu Yam-Yam, Wai Wang, Lee Sau-Kei, Lee Chung-Ling, Wong Ching-Ho, Keung Hon, Chiang Nan, Hung Ling-Ling

Directed by Ho Meng-Hua

Expectations: Hoping it’s better than Flying Guillotine 2.


The Vengeful Beauty opens with narration about how the Qing Dynasty emperor is ferreting out dissension among his subjects, and even the booksellers and proofreaders aren’t safe! I suppose that puts me right into his sights, but I will not be deterred from my mission, no matter what it costs! And just like me, Rong Qiu Yan (Chen Ping), better known in the martial world as The Bloody Hibiscus, will also stop at nothing to help people fight the ruthless emperor. During the day she is a sweet, doting wife to the imperial officer Han Tian De (Lee Chung-Ling), but when Tian De catches wind of the emperor’s secret flying guillotine assassins, the emperor orders his whole family murdered to keep the secret safe. Of course, Qiu Yan escapes the guillotine squad, and pivots her brave wuxia heroics from part-time avenger to full-time vengeful beauty.

I’m not sure what the production specifics were, but The Vengeful Beauty is Ho Meng-Hua’s follow-up to his trendsetting 1975 film, The Flying Guillotine. For some reason, Shaw decided to give the “official” sequel to Cheng Kang (and later Hua Shan), resulting in an OK movie that shows its production woes and ought to be much better than it is. Ho’s The Vengeful Beauty is a much more cohesive film, and while it definitely pales in comparison to the original, it’s a far better sequel than the “official” one. For that matter, so is Ho’s The Dragon Missile.

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The Silver Emulsion Podcast: Ep. 163 – Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris

This week on the Silver Emulsion Podcast, Stephen and I talk about the end of the ’90s Gamera trilogy directed by Shusuke Kaneko: 1999’s Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris! Slice a kaiju chrysalis with a ceremonial knife and enjoy! 🙂

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Music Notes

Intro:

  • Frank Zappa – Chunga’s Revenge

Outro:

  • Kamasi Washington – Tiffakonkae

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The Silver Emulsion Podcast: Ep. 162 – Dragon Half

This week on the Silver Emulsion Podcast, Stephen and I talk about one of Stephen’s anime favorites: the 1993 OVA Dragon Half! Turn into your chibi form and enjoy! 🙂

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Music Notes

Intro:

  • Manilla Road – Hour of the Dragon

Outro:

  • Kotono Mitsuishi – Watashi no Tamagoyaki (My Omelette)
    • Dragon Half End Credit Theme (YouTube)

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Clan of Amazons (1978)

Clan of Amazons [秀花大盜 or 陸小鳳傳奇之一繡花大盜] (1978)

Starring Lau Wing, Ling Yun, Norman Chu Siu-Keung, Ching Li, Yueh Hua, Manor Chan Man-Na, Shih Szu, Ku Kuan-Chung, Cheung Ying, Chan Shen, Ngaai Fei, Lam Fai-Wong, Yang Chi-Ching, Teresa Ha Ping, Dik Boh-Laai, Lau Wai-Ling, Chong Lee, Kara Hui, Ou-Yang Sha-Fei, Yuen Wah

Directed by Chor Yuen

Expectations: I hope it lives up to previous Chor Yuen wuxias.


For Chor Yuen’s first film of 1978 (of five!), he once again returned to the fertile imagination of Gu Long. Clan of Amazons is based on the second novel in Gu’s Lu Xiaofeng series, The Embroidery Bandit (繡花大盜, Xiuhua Dadao), and the film shares the book’s title in Chinese. I’m guessing the Clan of Amazons English title refers to the all-female Red Shoe Organization in the film. Anyway, on the title screen there are also some characters identifying the film as a tale of Lu Xiaofeng, so perhaps this signals a hope to make many sequels. The film did well, hitting #16 at the year’s local box office, and TVB produced three TV series based on the novels (in 1976, 1977, and a few months after Clan of Amazons in 1978), but Shaw only produced a single sequel: 1981’s The Duel of the Century.

As for the film at hand, it is almost more of a mystery than anything else. It is, of course, a wuxia mystery, so it’s not without action or traditional martial clan intrigue. Whether you think Clan of Amazons has the goods necessary to offset all the talking, though, depends on your love of dense mystery stories. I love a good mystery, but I also love a rollicking action film so I found Clan of Amazons to be quite entertaining, while simultaneously a little too dry. It’s a hard film to dislike, though, as there are tons of great wuxia thrills packed into its 88-minute runtime.

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The Silver Emulsion Podcast: Ep. 161 – The Protector (Tom Yum Goong)

This week on the Silver Emulsion Podcast, Stephen and I talk about another kick-ass Tony Jaa movie: 2005’s The Protector (Tom Yun Goong), directed by Prachya Pinkaew! Protect your elephant friends and enjoy! 🙂

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Music Notes

Intro:

  • Antibalas – Elephant

Outro:

  • Bob Dylan – Everything is Broken

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The Silver Emulsion Podcast: Ep. 160 – Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD

This week on the Silver Emulsion Podcast, Stephen and I talk about another of Lloyd Kaufman’s troma-sterpieces: 1990’s Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD! Turn in your badge and enjoy! 🙂

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Music Notes

Intro:

  • AC/DC – Safe in New York

Outro:

  • Dan Skye & Paul Short – Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD Theme Song

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The Silver Emulsion Podcast: Ep. 159 – Ong Bak

This week on the Silver Emulsion Podcast, Stephen and I talk about the breakout film of the incredible Tony Jaa: 2003’s Ong Bak! Prepare your elbows and enjoy! 🙂

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Music Notes

Intro:

  • Sarama (Traditional Muay Thai music)

Outro:

  • Carabao – Mae Mai Muay Thai (แม่ไม้มวยไทย)
    • End Credit song for original Thai version of Ong Bak
    • Khun Seuk (iTunes, Amazon)

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