Directed by Peter Chan, Wu Xia is either going by the English title Dragon or Swordsmen, but either way it looks magnificent. The film played at Cannes last year, and received some glowing reviews, and after a successful release in its home country of China on 4th July, the film is now making its way to US shores.
While the UK is awaiting an official release date, the US will receive the film, titled Dragon, on VOD from 26th October, and then the film will have a limited theatrical run from 30th November. In celebration of this a new, and finally English subbed, trailer has been released and it is quite breathtaking to watch. Check out the trailer, and new poster for the film at the bottom of this post.
The Hollywood Reporter says of the film:
“Bursting with light and color, and a torrent of martial arts action both swift and savage (arguably the best that lead actor Donnie Yen has choreographed for years), Wu Xia is coherently developed and stylishly directed by Peter Ho-Sun Chan to provide unashamedly pleasurable popular entertainment. Wu Xia created buzz before its premiere with acquisition by The Weinstein Company, which will release the title stateside as Dragon.”
While Variety says:
“The repressed return with a vengeance in “Wu xia,” a satisfyingly sinewy fusion of martial-arts actioner and brain-tickling noir from busy producer-director Peter Ho-sun Chan. Channeling David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence” by way of 1917 China, this clever if over-amped thriller tackles themes of identity, honor and the latent killer instinct with a playful spirit that’s never at odds with its underlying seriousness. Pleasurable pairing of Donnie Yen’s stoic heroics and Takeshi Kaneshiro’s droll detection.”
The film is directed by Peter Chan and written by Oi Wah Lam. Martial arts superstar Donnie Yen stars, alongside Kara Hui, Wu Jiang, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Wei Tang.
Liu Jin-xi (Yen) is a village craftsman whose quiet life is irrevocably shattered by the arrival of two notorious gangsters in the local general store. When Liu single-handedly saves the shopkeeper’s life, he comes under investigation by detective Xu Bai-jiu (Kaneshiro). Convinced that Liu’s martial arts mastery belies a hidden history of training by one of the region’s vicious clans, Xu doggedly pursues the shy hero–and draws the attention of China’s criminal underworld in the process.