Come Drink with Me

 

Come Drink with Me (1966) is King Hu first martial arts directed movie. The movie can be regarded as the prototype of King Hu later works, also it opened the new breed of martial arts trend at that time.p78686_d_v8_aa

Come Drink with Me is a very different movie from the normal Chinese martial arts movie nowadays. There was no flying scene which is Ching Kung (輕功) like running on the sea, also without something like lost knowledge of Wushu (武林絕學).  It has a lot Japanese samurai movies elements, such as the costumes in movie it looks like kimono (和服). The fighting scene is very slow and it makes people think that was used slow motion.

There were a lot of familiar faces in the movie, I was most impressed by the character Cheng Pei-pei played. The first time I watched her movie was in Stephen Chow’s movie Flirting Scholar (唐伯虎点秋香). It is a very famous comedy movie in Hong Kong but kind of no scene at all (無厘頭), so before watch Come Drink with Me, I thought that Cheng Pei-pei was a very funny or humorous person.

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In the movie Come Drink with Me, Cheng Pei-pei’s character Golden Swallow supposed is some heroic women and has a flexible skill. In fact, Cheng Pei-pei herself is a person that doesn’t know any martial arts skill at all, but she can dance. So the director King Hu make all of the fighting scene become dance movements, it also shown that the director held for martial arts unique aesthetic form.

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