JIANGHU QINGXIA (1928), early Chinese action movie

1928 jianghu2JIANGHU QINGXIA (江湖情侠, 1928), translated as LOVING HERO OF RIVERS AND LAKES, was directed by Wen Yimen (文逸民) and starred Fan Xuepeng (范雪朋) as the female lead. Wen and Fan would go on to make RED HEOINE (红侠), the oldest existing Chinese martial arts film, the following year. Although LOVING HERO appears to have a contemporary setting, the jianghu reference in the title and the use of “xia” for the hero would have tipped off audiences that it was set in the martial world.

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