September: Wuxia Weirdness

Wuxia is a form of Chinese literature and film that is loosely about martial arts. Loosely. As these five movies show, they can also be about vampires, supernatural powers, gender-bending, and feminist vengeance witches.

September 2: The Bride with White Hair 2 (1993) — Where to begin with this one? Here are some enticing sentences from the writeup on Wikipedia: “On the wedding night, Lian Nichang appears and kidnaps Yu Qin, leaving behind a trail of destruction and corpses.” “She builds a feminist cult that accepts women who were exploited by men.” “Meanwhile, Zhuo Yihang awaits on a snow-capped mountain for a rare flower to bloom, as he believes that it can turn Lian Nichang’s hair black again.”

September 9: Encounter of the Spooky Kind (1980) — Master Tam is sleeping with the wife of Courageous Cheung and enlists a Taoist priest to kill him. Cheung assumes it’s a simple test of bravery. But as he goes up against feats of black magic, he realizes he’ll need his brother’s supernatural skills.

September 16: Swordsman 2 (1992) — Linghu Chong, Yue Lingshan and members of the Mount Hua Sect are planning to retire. They learn that Dongfang Bubai has seized control of the Sun Moon Holy Cult and is secretly plotting with some pirates to rebel against the imperial court and dominate China. Dongfang Bubai had castrated himself in order to master the skills in the Sunflower Manual, and his appearance has become more feminine — when Linghu meets Dongfang by chance (without knowing his true identity), he mistakes him for a beautiful young woman, and falls in love with “her”.

September 23: The Dead and the Deadly (1983) — A story of a young man who works in a funeral home and experiments with the dark arts. The ghost of one of the corpses that passes through his place of work takes over his friend’s body in order to take revenge. Then things get weird.

September 30: Battle Wizard (1977) — All you really need to know about this movie: