Chinese Visual Festival

An Evening with Tony Ching Siu-tung

CVF is proud to present an evening with legendary Hong Kong director and action choreographer Tony Ching Siu-tung on Wednesday 19th September at 18:30 at King’s College London.

The evening will consist of a rare screening of Ching’s wuxia classic Swordsman 2 (1992), starring Jet Li and Brigette Lin, followed by the director in conversation with CVF and’s Andrew Heskins, discussing his life and times in the Hong Kong film industry. This event is organised by Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA), with financial support from CreateHK and HK Development Fund.

The event is free, though registration is required

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Swordsman II

Dir. Ching Siu-tung
Hong Kong, 1992
108 mins
In Cantonese with English subtitles

Swordsman II, also known as The Legend of the Swordsman, is a 1992 Hong Kong wuxia film very loosely adapted from Louis Cha’s novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer, and is widely acclaimed as one of the very best of the form. The film was the second part of a trilogy: preceded by The Swordsman (1990) and followed by The East Is Red (1993). Directed by Ching Siu-tung, Swordsman II boasts an amazing line-up of stars, including Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, Rosamund Kwan and Michelle Reis.

Famous for revitalising the then-sagging wuxia genre, as well as inspiring an avalanche of imitators, Swordsman II is in the Ming Dynasty and continues the tale of Ling-Wu Chung (Jet Li) and his tomboy sidekick Kiddo (Michelle Reis). The two comrades have decided to retire from the martial world along with their Wah Mountain brothers. However, Ling still has feelings for Highlander Ying (Rosamund Kwan) whose father has been imprisoned by the enigmatic Asia the Invincible (Brigitte Lin), the possessor of the magical Sacred Scroll. Matters are complicated when Ling falls for the elegant Asia, not realising that she is actually a man.

About Ching Siu-tung

Ching Siu-tung (born 1953), also known as Tony Ching, is a Hong Kong action choreographer, actor, film director and producer, who has directed over 20 films. Ching began as an actor and martial arts instructor working in Hong Kong action cinema in the 1960s and 1970s (his father, Ching Gong, was a Shaw Brothers Studio director, and Ching Siu-tung had been trained in Peking opera as a child), and made his directorial debut in 1982 with the ground-breaking wuxia classic Duel to the Death. Ching collaborated with producer Tsui Hark on 1987’s A Chinese Ghost Story, which became an international sensation, and continued to team with Tsui Hark, directing the film’s sequels in 1990 and 1991, and working on all three parts of the Swordsman series, starting in 1990. Recognised as one of the best in the business, both as a director and action choreographer, he worked on a long list of classic films during this period, including Shaolin Soccer (2001), Hero (2002), and House of Flying Daggers (2004).

In 2002, Ching was nominated twice for Best Action Choreography at the Hong Kong Film Awards, and won in 2003 for his efforts on Hero. That same year, he made his American film debut, directing Steven Seagal in the direct-to-video feature Belly of the Beast. In 2006, he choreographed the action scenes in the Indian superhero film Krrish, for which he won a Filmfare Best Action Award and Zee Cine Award, and in 2008 he worked on the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics with director Zhang Yimou.

Most recently, Ching directed An Empress and the Warriors in 2008 and The Sorcerer and the White Snake in 2011.




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