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WU XIA (SWORDSMAN) – FEATURED PREVIEW

MARTIAL ARTS CHIVALRY
Wu Xia is an explosive and eerie thriller about a murderous clan set in the martial arts world. International superstars Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tang Wei co-star in this action-packed tale of crime, family and redemption. Wu Xia, derived from pronunciation of two Chinese characters (Wu) and (Xia), literally means “martial arts chivalry”. In Chinese popular culture, it depicts the adventures of martial arts heroes in ancient time that are bound by a code of chivalry that requires them to right wrongs when the helpless or the poor are oppressed.

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The Master (Jimmy Wang Yu) and his assassin wife (Wai Ying Hung) with the clan of the 72 Demons 


"With Wu Xia, Chan has succeeded in fusing together elements that appeal to international audiences with some of the best martial arts sensibilities," says Andrew (Urban Cinefile)

In the late Qing Dynasty, Liu (Donnie Yen) is a papermaker, leading a simple life with his wife Ayu (Tang Wei) and their two sons. Into their remote village comes Detective Xu (Takeshi Kaneshiro), who is investigating the deaths of two bandits during a robbery. Xu quickly realizes that the incident in question was no ordinary botched robbery - and his dogged inquiry threatens to dredge up the dark secrets of Liu's buried past, threatening not only Liu and his family, but the entire village. 

Set in 1917, on the cusp of China's transition from monarchy to republic, Wu Xia depicts the internal moral struggles of a detective and a paper-maker who may be a renegade mass murderer. Unfolding like a noir mystery in which Colombo meets CSI, it represents Chan's ambition to bridge the gap between Chinese and international tastes by giving a modern spin to the genre, while paying homage to the golden age of Hong Kong martial arts films through the special appearances of legendary action star Jimmy Wang Yu and Kara Hui.


Liu (Donnie Yen) fights one of the members of the 72 Demons

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In cinemas July 7, 2011

Cast: Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tang Wei, Jimmy Wang Yu, Kara Hui

Director: Peter Ho-sun Chan

Producer: Peter Chan

Script: Aubrey Lam

Directors of Photography: Jake Pollock, Yiu-Fai Lai

Music: Kwong-Wing Chan, Peter Kam

Runtime: 116 minutes

Language: Mandarin (with Chinese & English subtitles)

Original title: Jian Dang Wei Ye







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