Skip to main content
The King of Wuxia film image, director Lin Jing-jie

The King of Wuxia

Da Xia Hu Jin Quan / 大俠胡金銓

This event has passed

International Premiere

Lin Jing-Jie’s doc is a detailed, deeply poignant tribute to one of history’s great filmmakers. King Hu (1932-1997) was a consummate film artist—a sure hand not only at directing, but also drawing, calligraphy, acting, and other arts. Lin assembles actors, choreographers, critics, scholars, producers, fellow directors, and others who knew and loved Hu; their tributes and analyses form a mosaic-like depiction.

Part I is centred on Hu as an artist, with wide-ranging discussion of masterpieces like Dragon Inn (1967) and A Touch of Zen (1971). Cast and crew members reveal the master’s grasp of film production in its many facets, while directors such as John Woo, Tsui Hark, and Ann Hui discuss the fully realized films. Part II is more biographical, taking us through a life which took Hu from China to Hong Kong, and Taiwan to California, where his unrealized final film was to be set. Lin’s film is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man, and a must-see for lovers of East Asian cinema.

 

Presented by

 

Media Partner

Stir Logo CHMB AM1320 logo

Community Partner

Director
Credits
Country of Origin

Taiwan

Year

2022

Language

Mandarin

Film Contact
Links
18+
220 min
Documentary

Book Tickets

This event has passed.

Missing VIFF? Check out what's playing at the VIFF Centre

Holy Spider

In Mashhad, Iran, a serial killer known as The Spider has murdered over a dozen women. Rahimi, a journalist obsessed with finding the killer, soon finds a skewed social morality that praises the perpetrator and condemns his victims.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Tantura

Did Israeli soldiers massacre Palestinian civilians in the village of Tantura in 1948? In 1998, history student Teddy Katz found compelling evidence that would ruin his career... Filmmaker Alon Schwarz takes up the story.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

American photographer Nan Goldin is famous for her empathetic pictures of intimate, exuberant, anguished urban bohemia. Today Goldin is using her celebrity to denounce the Sackler family's art-washing tactics and their role in the opioid crisis.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

The Grizzlie Truth

Kathleen S. Jayme (Finding Big Country) is out to solve a true sports crime: who robbed us of the Vancouver Grizzlies? Jayme revisits the short history of those bad luck bears, connecting the dots and reconnecting with the Grizzlies heroes and villains.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

Framing Agnes

Exhuming transcripts from a 1950s study on transgender individuals, Chase Joynt and his collaborators employ re-enactments, reinvention, and personal reflections to examine the trans stories that are told and how—and by whom—they are authored.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

White Noise

America in the age of anxiety, as experienced by Professor of Hitler Studies Jack Gladney (Adam Driver), his fourth wife Babette (Greta Gerwig) and multiple kids... A chemical spill leads to an airborne toxic event and the mass evacuation.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Credits

Producer

Hsu Hui-lin, Steven Tu

Cinematography

Tan Heong-song

Editor

Lin Jing-jie, Shih Chien-yu

Original Music

Sky Lee, Weng La-fa

Director

Lin Jing-jie headshot, The King of Wuxia director

Lin Jing-jie

Lin Jing-jie’s work has been honoured at the Asia Pacific Film Festival and the Golden Horse Awards. He received the International Critics’ Week Award at the Venice Film Festival with his 2007 film The Most Distant Course.

Filmography: The Most Distant Course (2007); The Man Behind the Book (2011); Dear Mother Earth (2011); Elena (2014)