Review: Thrilling Bloody Sword (Taiwan 1981)

More gobsmackingly insane phantasmagoria out of Taiwan in the vein of The Ginseng King, Thrilling Bloody Sword is a wild mash-up of Snow White, Aladdin, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, and other fairy tale material, filtered through a DIY wu xia aesthetic. Lovers of in camera work, janky costumes, and wild practical FX will be in heaven – this is pure Méliès updated for the ‘80s. Plus a man whose only weak point is his asshole, going Pai Mei one better.

Thanks to Justin Decloux and Gold Ninja Video for putting this out – doing the important work.

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