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The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format edition Review*****

Cert 12 | 105 mins | 1973

5 Star

The Intrigues of War.

From actor, writer, director King Hu (Legend of the Mountain, All the King’s Men) comes a tale of fourteenth century China when the Monguls rule with an iron fist and the people have had enough and are fighting back under rebel Chu Yuan-Chang’s army. With choreography from the legend that is Sammo Hung (Wheels on Meals, Three Films With Sammo Hung) you are in for a Martial Arts treat.

Emperor Yuan of the Yuan dynasty (year 1366) is fighting against the rebels and he sends his official Lee Khan to get Chang’s battle plans that have been stolen by a spy within his camp.

It all takes place in and around an Inn run by Wan Jen-mi (Li Hua Li, The Legend of Mother Goddess, The Goddess of Mercy) and she hires four new waitresses, that all have a dodgy pasts. 

Also a man and his musical servant that pose as a bookkeeper, but there are spies from both sides trying to work out who is who.

With the local magistrate always lurking around the Inn it is hard for the rebels to make their move, in weeding out all the emperors men.

Eventually Lee Khan (Feng Tien, A Better Tomorrow, A Time to Live and a Time to Die), his sister princess Wan’erh (Feng Hsu, The Longest Bridge) and general Cao turn up, it all intensifies.

Cloak and dagger with Kung Fu thrown in. Brilliant.

Another classic from Eureka.

The Fate of Lee Khan is available on Blu-ray

 

 

DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL FEATURES

1080p transfer of the film on Blu-ray, with a progressive encode on the DVD
Optional English subtitles
Original Mandarin audio, available in original mono (uncompressed on Blu-ray) and restored 5.1
Optional English audio, available in original mono (uncompressed on Blu-ray) and restored 5.1
Brand new and exclusive commentary by critic and Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns
A brand new and exclusive video essay by David Cairns
Original Trailer
PLUS: a collector s booklet featuring new and archival writing on the film

DirectorKing Hu
GenreAction, Drama
StarringLi Li-Hua, Roy Chiao, Hsu Feng, Tien Feng, Angela Mao
Available to buy on : Own it on Blu-Ray
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