Deaf and Mute Heroine
Mention Helen Ma Hoi-lun and most people would think of her recent appearances on TVB serials. She is now on screen, five days a week, as a demure mother in the sitcom Be Home For Dinner. But time was when she was best known for playing martial artists - and Deaf and Mute Heroine is still her best effort.
Directed by Wu Ma - whose directorial career has largely been eclipsed by his acting - the 1971 film features Ma as the titular protagonist, whose disabilities do not stop her from finishing off 13 hitmen in her race for treasure. She also becomes an object of adoration from a worker in a dyeing house (played by Tang Ching). Boasting bombastic action scenes - including an epic finale that pits Ma's character against an army of well-equipped foes - Deaf and Mute Heroine is an electrifying, swashbuckling adventure, and a recall of Ma's and Wu's past lives. Apr 29, 11am, HK Film Archive.