"The Ghost Hill": A Classic Taiwanese Wuxia Film
Shan-Hsi Ting's 1971 film, "The Ghost Hill," transports viewers to a forgotten time with its restored feature that looks great but needs help on the subtitles. This classic Taiwanese Wuxia fantasy film offers a blend of swords, beautiful women, evil laughing villains, and breathtaking fight scenes that will take audiences back to a realm of fantasy and kung fu.
In the film, a merciless ruler attempts to play off two powerful clans against each other by murdering two respected masters and stealing a powerful weapon. However, the clans unite and embark on a journey to the villain's fortress, the Ghost Hill, for vengeance.
Polly Ling-Feng Shang-Kuan, Peng Tien, and Hsiang-Chin Han lead the cast in this lost gem that gives us a glimpse into the origins of the popular CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON flicks of over 15 years ago. While the fantasy kung fu realm may not be everyone's cup of tea, the film offers a nostalgic experience for those who appreciate the genre.
Overall, "The Ghost Hill" was not the strongest film of the fest, but it is a noteworthy addition to any classic Taiwanese Wuxia film collection. I give it 2.5/5 stars.