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.
Why Swing Time Is the Greatest of All Dance Films
In this excerpt from an interview on our new edition of the Astaire-Rogers classic, dance critic Brian Seibert explains how beautifully and cleverly the film integrates dance into the structure of a romantic-comedy plot.
A Moody Meditation from the Set of Blue Velvet
In a rarely seen documentary about David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece, the director and his star, Isabella Rossellini, give their candid impressions about the creative journey they’ve embarked on together.