The Tale Of A Heroine (Taiwan 1993)

Rating: **
Alternate Title: Wu Tang Witch
Cast: Qiuyan Huang, Cynthia Khan, Wei Ying Hung

A surprisingly good low budget swordplay film about a young girl (Qiuyan Huang) who is seeking revenge against an evil and powerful swordsman for killing her father and imprisoning her mother (Wei Ying Hung). Incorporating the dreaded "girl dresses as boy and fools everyone" plot device, she enlists the aid of a goofy and annoying guy to help her sneak into the bad guy's fortress. There, she meets up with master swordswoman Cynthia Khan, and the two of them pull off some very nice swordplay with minimal wire effects. The fighting in the film is very good, and the main villain's sword and staff work is quite impressive. Wushu expert Qiuyan Huang is a very cute and very competent swordswoman, who reportedly studied with Jet Li and was his first wife. The only thing that spoils this entertaining film is the forced and unfunny humor, which includes a bunch of gay jokes and a truly bizarre sex/training scene. In a baffling and unintuitive twist, in order to master the Virgin Sword technique, you can't be a virgin.