I really like the phrase “wire-fu.” It sounds slightly mocking, as though the actors aren’t good enough to do that kind of kung-fu without assistance. Of course, that’s not really what it means, but it always brings a somewhat sardonic idea to mind whenever I hear it. Now there’s a new film out which will give you a groundbreaking wire-fun performance you won’t be able to scoff at.

Starting this May 27th, now available on DVD from The Weinstein Company Home Entertainment and Genius Products comes the Dragon Dynasty presentation of one of the first and best wire-fu and sword play movies. Come Drink With Me is ready to be brought home and enjoyed whenever you get that hunger in your soul for the great kung-fu movies of the sixties.

The legendary director King Hu helmed this Shaw Brother classic film. Legendary woman fighter Cheng Pei-pei from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon stars as Golden Swallow, a deadly assassin who was sent to rescue someone from a group of bandits. But there are five powerful leaders atop this clan of bandits and Golden Swallow needs help to overthrow them. She turns to a continually drunk martial arts master. With the two of them together, nothing can stop them. This all comes together for some incredible fight scenes and an unbelievable finish.

The special features included in the Dragon Dynasty presentation of this film include an optional audio commentary with actress Cheng Pei-pei and Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan, a look into the work of director King Hu, an exclusive interview with Cheng Pei-pei, a retrospective look at this film from Bey Logan, an exclusive interview with the leading man in the film, Yueh Hua and a gallery of trailers.

Cheng Pei-pei is a true legend of kung-fu cinema. This is one of the coolest martial arts movies I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a lot in the past few months. When you watch it now, I suppose the wire-fu is nothing that impressive, but when it came out, this was groundbreaking stuff. It’s an enjoyable film which is great fun to watch.

This Drink pours you a refreshing tall glass of a great classic.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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