Program
Director: Li Yun-bo
2019
China
92 minutes
Unclassified 15+

Nothing matters in life—except to be the fastest sword.

The wuxia-pian, or martial swordfight film, has long been one of the glories of Chinese cinema, and in recent years there has been a distinct move to combine the visceral pleasures of graceful action with a more artistic reflection on character, style, and narrative intrigue. Produced by leading filmmaker Feng Xiao-gang (I Am Not Madame Bovary, Youth) Wild Swords follows in the rich tradition of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero with this tale of master swordsmen circling each other intent on reputation and revenge. Amidst forests of the most saturated green and rainstorms of sudden ferocity, the Nameless Sect and the Tang-wen clan are engaged in all-consuming rivalry. The wildcard is a mysterious outsider named Chang Wei-ran, whose peerless martial skills are matched only by his enigmatic past. Tension builds as life and death hang on the flash of a swordblade. The only thing you can be sure of is that the ultimate victor will be unexpected.

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Contemporary World Cinema
Premiere Australian
Language Chinese
Subtitles English
Director Li Yun-bo
Producer Liu Wen
Cinematographer Piao Songri
Editor Zhang Yifan, Matthieu Laclau
Music Wang Jianan
Cast Zhang Xiaochen, Liu Yongxi, Sui Yongliang
Genre Action, Drama, Mystery