The Red Heroine

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01324 506850
Price:£10 / £8

Event description

UK Premiere

The oldest surviving Chinese martial arts film, featuring Fan Xuepeng – one of the first stars of the genre and an influential figure in the Chinese film industry who went on to establish her own production company.

The ever-popular sword-and-sorcery’s classic story structure of an innocent wronged by a villain, trained by a master, and returning to seek vengeance is all here. The occasionally clunky contemporary English translation of the intertitles, the fantastically pronounced teeth of the pantomime villain and the low-rent harem are all part of the fun, but the pay-off is a satisfying finale in which the Red Heroine shows everyone who’s boss.

Dir. Wen Yimin | China | 1929 | N/C PG | b&w | Chinese & English intertitles | 1h 34m

With: Fan Xuepeng, Wang Chuqin, Zhu Shaoquan, Zhao Taishan, Qu Yifeng

Performing live: John Sweeney & Frank Bockius (piano, percussion)

Screening material courtesy of the China Film Archive

Supported by the Confucius Institute for Scotland


23rd Mar 2019
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10 Hope Street
EH51 0AA

01324 506850