As a continuation of the UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity (CCHH) Festival of Film and the Body, we present 'The Sword Identity' (2011), directed by Xu Haofeng, one of China’s cutting edge young directors, and writer and lecturer at Beijing Film Academy.
In the postmodern world of martial arts, Xu’s debut film turns his novella of the same name into a film that is ‘both a homage to and a comic deconstruction of the Chinese and Japanese martial arts traditions’ (Kraicer, Cinemascope).
This is a beautifully shot epic which draws on earlier generations of martial arts films with whit and artistry.
Illustrating the complexities of wuxia society, the film contains a visual analysis of the subtle dynamics of combat chivalry and simultaneously captures the philosophy behind the skill of the swordsman.
A remote Q&A with the director will follow the event.