Wong Shu-tong in a still from The Butterfly Murders (1979).Wong Shu-tong in a still from The Butterfly Murders (1979).
Wong Shu-tong in a still from The Butterfly Murders (1979).

How Tsui Hark refreshed wuxia films with supernatural detective mystery The Butterfly Murders, his 1979 debut

  • ‘Martial arts films so far have been very limited in form … I hope to strike a new path,’ a confident Tsui Hark said of his feature debut The Butterfly Murders
  • Its mix of history, horror, martial arts and mystery and Tsui’s quick edits, lighting and make-up effects made it different – and a minor masterpiece, in fact

Topic |   Asian cinema: Hong Kong film
Wong Shu-tong in a still from The Butterfly Murders (1979).Wong Shu-tong in a still from The Butterfly Murders (1979).
Wong Shu-tong in a still from The Butterfly Murders (1979).
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