In his international breakthrough, 1967’s Dragon Inn, director King Hu gathered an ensemble of dazzling, wonderfully idiosyncratic performers for a tale of Ming-dynasty intrigue. One of the standouts among the cast was appearing on-screen for the very first time. Playing the only female knight-errant in the film, Shangkuan Ling-fung alternates between virtuosic combat choreography and moments of comedic precision, defying gravity as she engages her enemies with a coolly fatal professionalism. Our new edition of Dragon Inn features an interview with the Taiwanese actor, who turned her black-belt-level fighting prowess into wuxia stardom. In the above outtake from the supplement, she describes her time with another of the best-known martial artists of the day, Bruce Lee, and the kindness, generosity, and sense of humor that lay behind those fearsome fists.
Digging Through Movie History at Chaplin’s Studios
Film scholar Craig Barron gives us a tour of the studios on whose back lot Charlie Chaplin built the set for his final film of the silent era, The Circus.
Career Women in the Land of Lubitsch
Critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme talk about the highly idiosyncratic heroines who populate Ernst Lubitsch’s comedies, including the protagonist of his final film, Cluny Brown.
Ritwik Ghatak’s Pursuit of Truth Beyond Realism
Acclaimed Indian filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani discuss how the Bengali master mixed expressionism and naturalism in his devastating domestic tragedy The Cloud-Capped Star.