Mar 25, 2006
Clans of Intrigue
When the legendary swordsman Chu Liu-hsiang (or Master Chu) is framed for the murder of three prominent clan leaders, he has one month to clear his name or face judgement from the ladies of the Magic Water Palace. His path to find the real killer leads to a gambling parlor, mystery assassins, a poetic monk, a meddling desert princess, a mind-boggling sexual plot twist, and an equally outrageous final fight.
Filmed in 1977, Clans of Intrigue is by no means the slick, wire-fu, relentless-action marital arts films of today. But we do get to see some crude wire work and well-choreographed fight sequences. I saw this as part of the Asian Film Festival--Clans was playing at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Miss Dysphemism scored the tix and after seeing it, we definitely wanted to see more of the films (unfortunately the festival ends this weekend).
The audience was really into this movie, thanks to the sometimes unintentionally funny subtitles and also to many of the strange story elements thrown at the viewer; leading us to a finale SO ABSURD we had to applaud. Definitely worth watching with a group of friends if you're in the mood for some cheesy-fun 70s martial arts.
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